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Fall 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B104-001Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban RevolutionsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWOld Library 110Bradbury,J., Bradbury,J., Teaching Assistant,T., Teaching Assistant,T.
Laboratory: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM FOld Library 110
ARCH B203-001Ancient Greek Cities and SanctuariesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHTasopoulou,E.
ARCH B215-001Classical ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM MWFOld Library 110Donohue,A.
ARCH B222-001Alexander the GreatSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WTasopoulou,E.
ARCH B226-001Archaeology of AnatoliaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM TFTasopoulou,E.
ARCH B227-001The Archaeology of SyriaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MTHCarpenter Library 21Bradbury,J.
ARCH B305-001Topics in Ancient AthensSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM SLindenlauf,A.
ARCH B317-001Cultural Heritage and Endangered ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-12:30 PM THDalton Hall 119Bradbury,J.
ARCH B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM THDalton Hall 25Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B505-001Topics in Ancient AthensSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM SLindenlauf,A.
ARCH B517-001Cultural Heritage and Endangered ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-12:30 PM THDalton Hall 119Bradbury,J.
ARCH B602-001Graduate Intensive SurveySemester / 0.5Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWOld Library 110Bradbury,J., Bradbury,J.
Laboratory: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM FEnglish House Lecture Hall
ARCH B634-001Problems in Classical ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM MDalton Hall 2Donohue,A.
ARCH B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBALindenlauf,A.
ARCH B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBADonohue,A.
ARCH B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBABradbury,J.
ARCH B701-004Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBATasopoulou,E.
CSTS B639-001Italy and the Rise of RomeSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THDalton Hall 25Baker,C.

Spring 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B102-001Introduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFLindenlauf,A., Teaching Assistant,T.
ARCH B110-001The World Through Classical EyesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFDonohue,A.
ARCH B224-001Women in the Ancient Near EastSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHTasopoulou,E.
ARCH B355-001The Achaemenid EmpireSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WTasopoulou,E.
ARCH B359-001Topics in Classical Art and ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM TDonohue,A.
ARCH B399-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MDept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B555-001The Achaemenid EmpireSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WTasopoulou,E.
ARCH B603-001Graduate Intensive SurveySemester / 0.5Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFLindenlauf,A.
ARCH B680-001Problems in the Archaeology of MesopotamiaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THBradbury,J.
ARCH B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBALindenlauf,A.
ARCH B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBADonohue,A.
ARCH B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBABradbury,J.
ARCH B701-004Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBATasopoulou,E.
CHEM B208-001Topics in Art AnalysisSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM FDepartment staff,T., Walker,A., Weldon,M.
Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM F
CSTS B207-001Early Rome and the Roman RepublicSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHBaker,C.
HART B218-001Byzantine Textiles in Life and DeathSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHWalker,A.

Fall 2021

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2020-21 Catalog Data

ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Not offered 2020-21
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of the ancient Near East and Egypt.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2021
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
Fall 2020
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Geoarchaeology
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B110 The World Through Classical Eyes
Spring 2021
A survey of the ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans perceived and constructed their physical and social world. The evidence of ancient texts and monuments will form the basis for exploring such subjects as cosmology, geography, travel and commerce, ancient ethnography and anthropology, the idea of natural and artificial wonders, and the self-definition of the classical cultures in the context of the oikoumene, the "inhabited world."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B135 Focus: Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods
Not offered 2020-21
The fundamentals of the practice of archaeology through readings and case studies and participatory demonstrations. Case studies will be drawn from the archives of the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project and material in the College's collections. Each week there will be a 1-hour laboratory that will introduce students to a variety of fieldwork methods and forms of analysis. This is a half semester Focus course.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Geoarchaeology

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ARCH B203 Ancient Greek Cities and Sanctuaries
Fall 2020
A study of the development of the Greek city-states and sanctuaries. Archaeological evidence is surveyed in its historic context. The political formation of the city-state and the role of religion is presented, and the political, economic, and religious institutions of the city-states are explored in their urban settings. The city-state is considered as a particular political economy of the Mediterranean and in comparison to the utility of the concept of city-state in other cultures.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B205 Greek Sculpture
Not offered 2020-21
One of the best preserved categories of evidence for ancient Greek culture is sculpture. The Greeks devoted immense resources to producing sculpture that encompassed many materials and forms and served a variety of important social functions. This course examines sculptural production in Greece and neighboring lands from the Bronze Age through the fourth century B.C.E. with special attention to style, iconography and historical and social context.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B206 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture
Not offered 2020-21
This course surveys the sculpture produced from the fourth century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E., the period, beginning with the death of Alexander the Great, that saw the transformation of the classical world through the rise of Rome and the establishment and expansion of the Roman Empire. Style, iconography, and production will be studied in the contexts of the culture of the Hellenistic kingdoms, the Roman appropriation of Greek culture, the role of art in Roman society, and the significance of Hellenistic and Roman sculpture in the post-antique classical tradition.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B208 Ancient Near Eastern History
Not offered 2020-21
This course will explore some of the key historical figures, events and inventions that shaped Ancient Near Eastern societies and traditions. We will consider the impact that the modern disciplines of ancient near eastern archaeology and history have had on our understanding of this region. We will also discuss how the ancient history and more recent colonial past of this region has impacted upon and shaped our modern interpretations of this region.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B211 The Archaeology and Anthropology of Rubbish and Recycling
Not offered 2020-21
This course serves as an introduction to a range of approaches to the study of waste and dirt as well as practices and processes of disposal and recycling in past and present societies. Particular attention will be paid to the interpretation of spatial disposal patterns, the power of dirt(y waste) to create boundaries and difference, and types of recycling.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B215 Classical Art
Fall 2020
A survey of the visual arts of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age through Late Imperial times (circa 3000 B.C.E. to 300 C.E.). Major categories of artistic production are examined in historical and social context, including interactions with neighboring areas and cultures; methodological and interpretive issues are highlighted.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B217 Captive Greece, Captor Rome?
Not offered 2020-21
The Western classical tradition is not monolithic, but contains elements from both ancient Greek and Roman culture. This course examines the relationship between the two, from the Hellenistic era and the expansion of Roman power in the Mediterranean through the absorption of the Greek world into the Roman Empire, and its later consequences, emphasizing the primary evidence of the visual arts and contemporary texts. Suggested preparation: 100-level coursework in history of art, classics, archaeology, or comparative literature.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B218 Food and Archaeology in Greece, Past and Present
Not offered 2020-21
This lecture and discussion course will explore food, foodways, and migration in ancient and medieval Greece through the study of archaeological approaches from the nineteenth century to the present day. We will take a comparative and multicultural approach to the exploration of practices and methods of archaeology, and consider how interest and knowledge of food has changed with the development of new techniques. We will also consider literary evidence and the modern history and ecology of Greece and how they shed light on the understanding of food and drink in the ancient and medieval world.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B219 Art and Archaeology of Late Antiquity
Not offered 2020-21
This class examines the art and archaeology of the late-antique Mediterranean, tracing various iterations of artistic and architectural experimentation as well as socio-political expression from the Late Roman world of the Tetrarchs (3rd century CE) to the first Islamic Dynasty, the Umayyads (7th century CE). We will explore how the vitality of classical styles and pagan beliefs mixed with the creative energies of other "indigenous" traditions - Egyptian, Arabic, Jewish, Gallic, etc., as well as those of the new church, so as to better understand the cultural plurality and vigor of this period formally considered a "Dark Age."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B220 Araby the Blest: The Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula from 3000 to 300 B.C.E.
Not offered 2020-21
A survey of the archaeology and history of the Arabian peninsula focusing on urban forms, transport, and cultures in the Arabian peninsula and Gulf and their interactions with the world from the rise of states in Mesopotamia down to the time of Alexander the Great.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B222 Alexander the Great
Fall 2020
This course examines the life, personality, career, and military achievements of Alexander the Great, as well as the extraordinary reception of his legacy in antiquity and through modern times. It uses historical, archaeological and art-historical evidence to reconstruct a comprehensive picture of Alexander's cultural background and examines the real and imaginary features of his life and afterlife as they developed in the Hellenistic and Roman worlds, Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and succeeding periods in both Europe and Asia. Special attention is also placed on the appeal that Alexander's life and achievements have generated and continue to retain in modern popular visual culture as evidenced from documentary films and motion pictures.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARCH B224 Women in the Ancient Near East
Spring 2021
A survey of the social position of women in the ancient Near East, from sedentary villages to empires of the first millennium B.C.E. Topics include critiques of traditional concepts of gender in archaeology and theories of matriarchy. Case studies illustrate the historicity of gender concepts: women's work in early village societies; the meanings of Neolithic female figurines; the representation of gender in the Gilgamesh epic; the institution of the "Tawananna" (queen) in the Hittite empire; the indirect power of women such as Semiramis in the Neo-Assyrian palaces. Reliefs, statues, texts and more indirect archaeological evidence are the basis for discussion.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B225 The Art and Achaeology of Greco-Roman Egypt
Not offered 2020-21
This course examines the art and archaeology of Greco-Roman Egypt from the conquests of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE to the Late Roman Era, ca. 4th century CE.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B226 Archaeology of Anatolia
Fall 2020
One of the cradles of civilization, Anatolia witnessed the rise and fall of many cultures and states throughout its ancient history. This course approaches the ancient material remains of pre-classical Anatolia from the perspective of Near Eastern archaeology, examining the art, artifacts, architecture, cities, and settlements of this land from the Neolithic through the Lydian periods. Some emphasis will be on the Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age, especially phases of Hittite and Assyrian imperialism, Late Hittite states, Phrygia, and the Urartu.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B227 The Archaeology of Syria
Fall 2020
Home to a wealth of archaeological sites and cultures, Syria is perhaps now more widely known for its almost decade long conflict that has seen the displacement of millions of people and the damage to and destruction of hundreds of archaeological sites. The loss of cultural heritage is just one, very small, part of the human tragedies that have unfolded in Syria. Knowledge of the deep and recent past of this region, however, is integral for understanding its present, and its future. This course will explore human settlement and interaction within Syria over the longue durée. Using a selection of key sites, inhabited for thousands of years, we will explore several major themes including, the archaeology of inequality, the role of urban life and the importance of ritual and religion. The course will also consider the complex relationships that have always existed between Syria and its neighboring countries. Finally, we will turn to the role of archaeology, its future and potential within a post-conflict Syria.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B240 Archaeology and History of Ancient Mesopotamia
Not offered 2020-21
A survey of the material culture of ancient Mesopotamia, modern Iraq, from the earliest phases of state formation (circa 3500 B.C.E.) through the Achaemenid Persian occupation of the Near East (circa 331 B.C.E.). Emphasis will be on art, artifacts, monuments, religion, kingship, and the cuneiform tradition. The survival of the cultural legacy of Mesopotamia into later ancient and Islamic traditions will also be addressed.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Not offered 2020-21
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B252 Pompeii
Not offered 2020-21
Introduces students to a nearly intact archaeological site whose destruction by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. was recorded by contemporaries. The discovery of Pompeii in the mid-1700s had an enormous impact on 18th- and 19th-century views of the Roman past as well as styles and preferences of the modern era. Informs students in classical antiquity, urban life, city structure, residential architecture, home decoration and furnishing, wall painting, minor arts and craft and mercantile activities within a Roman city.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B263 Roman Archaeology: Life in the City
Not offered 2020-21
This course explores the art and architecture of ancient Rome from the Republic through the Empire. By focusing on specific topics, such as residences, markets, religious life, death and entertainment, and by surveying a rich variety of available evidence that spans from architectural remains, inscriptions and monuments to paintings, architectural sculpture and mosaics, the course highlights the importance of art historical and archaeological inquiry for our understanding of urban life and experience in one of the greatest cities of the ancient world.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B303 Classical Bodies
Not offered 2020-21
An examination of the conceptions of the human body evidenced in Greek and Roman art and literature, with emphasis on issues that have persisted in the Western tradition. Topics include the fashioning of concepts of male and female standards of beauty and their implications; conventions of visual representation; the nude; clothing and its symbolism; the athletic ideal; physiognomy; medical theory and practice; the visible expression of character and emotions; and the formulation of the "classical ideal" in antiquity and later times.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ARCH B305 Topics in Ancient Athens
Fall 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course offers a comprehensive overview of the archaeology and history of Athens and Attica, from the earliest prehistoric settlement through to the demise of the city in Late Antiquity. It examines the physical and symbolic dimensions of public places within the cityscape of Athens, including the urban sanctuary (Acropolis), downtown area (Agora), cemeteries and pottery production centers (Kerameikos), and the changing relationship between the city-center, the hinterland, and the port-city of Piraeus. It also explores the rediscovery of ancient Athens and its incorporation into the modern urban fabric of the city. This course offers a comprehensive overview of the topography, archaeology, and history of Athens, from the earliest prehistoric settlement through to the demise of the city in Late Antiquity but focuses particularly on the monuments and culture of the Archaic to Roman periods. We will explore the following three public places within the cityscape of Athens in detail, which give a complete picture of the ancient city in its urban, social, religious, and historical contexts: the Acropolis, which has dominated the cityscape for thousands of years and arguably is the best known acropolis in the world; the agora, which was the civic and commercial center of the city and one of the major production centers of pottery; the Kerameikos of Athens, which is one of the biggest and best published cemeteries of the Athenians. We will also discuss the relation of the urban center with Piraeus, its rural hinterland and the sanctuaries in Eleusis, Brauron and Sounion, which are situated at the western and eastern boundaries of Attica. This course will also place Athenian sites and monuments into their modern setting, exploring the discovery of ancient Athens from the earliest modern travelers in the 15th century AD, to the origins of scientific excavations in the 19th century, and will look at how ancient Athens is being excavated, preserved and exhibited today. Please email me, if you would like to have a look at the preliminary Syllabus, which includes a course outline and assignments.

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ARCH B306 Monumental Painting
Not offered 2020-21
The Mediterranean tradition of large-scale painting begins in prehistoric times and continues through Late Antiquity and beyond. Important examples survive on the walls of houses, tombs and other structures at sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Anatolia, Macedonia, Magna Graecia, and Etruria, Rome and the famous sites of Pompeii and Hercul- aneum preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Technical, artistic, cultural and interpretive issues will be considered.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B312 Bronze Age Internationalism
Not offered 2020-21
This course explores the rise and fall of the first international age in the eastern mediterranean. We will focus on the cultural and diplomatic connections between Egypt, Syria, Anatolia and the Aegean during the Bronze Age, c. 2000-1200BCE.. Prerequisites: ARCH B101 or B104 or B216 or B226 or B230 or B240 or B244.
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B316 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World
Not offered 2020-21
Issues of trade, commerce and production of export goods are addressed with regard to the Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures of Mesopotamia, Arabia, Iran and south Asia. Crucial to these systems is the development of means of transport via maritime routes and on land. Archaeological evidence for traded goods and shipwrecks is used to map the emergence of sea-faring across the Indian Ocean and Gulf while bio-archaeological data is employed to examine the transformative role that Bactrian and Dromedary camels played in ancient trade and transport.

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ARCH B317 Cultural Heritage and Endangered Archaeology
Fall 2020
This course will examine how and why archaeological sites are 'endangered'. Primarily focusing on the Near East and North Africa (the MENA region), we will examine the different types of archaeological and heritage sites found across this broad region, and some of the threats and disturbances affecting them. We will consider how different interest groups and stakeholders view, value and present historical and archaeological sites to the general public, as well as the success of modern initiatives and projects to safeguard the heritage of the MENA region. Our research will consider the ethics of cultural preservation, as well as the issues and problems encountered by heritage specialists working in areas of modern conflict. Whilst not all damage can be prevented, the course will consider how different threats and disturbances might be mitigated. Prerequisite: Upper level 300-level course. Students should have completed at least two 100 level/200 level courses in either classical or near eastern archaeology.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B322 The Archaeology of the Roman Empire: Comparative Perspectives
Not offered 2020-21
An examination of the growth of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire at its height, from its acquisitions of the Hellenistic kingdoms (second and first centuries, B.C.E.) to its domination of Europe, North Africa and the Near East.

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ARCH B333 Nomads and Archaeology
Not offered 2020-21
This course will explore the historical importance of mobile groups in regions such as the Ancient Near East and some of the archaeological traces they may leave behind. Using ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological literature we will discuss the different ways in which mobile populations have been conceptualized, portrayed and treated by non-mobile societies and the relationship between these different groups. The course will also consider how new technologies and archaeological methods might enable us to fill in some of the gaps in our understanding and how we might be able to place mobile populations at the center, rather than at the periphery, of our archaeological narratives.
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B355 The Achaemenid Empire
Spring 2021
This course explores the art, history, and archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire. Between 550 and 330 B.C., the Achaemenid kings of Iran controlled the largest and greatest empire the world has seen up until that time. By studying the art, architecture, politics, religion, burial customs, administration, economy, and warfare of Achaemenid Persia, the course offers a unique insight into the wealth, splendor, and diversity of one of the most powerful empires of the ancient Near East. Because the Achaemenid Empire exerted great influence on the ancient Mediterranean world, the contacts and conflict between ancient Greece and Persia will be also examined, from an ancient Greek perspective, in order to understand how this perspective contributed to the misapprehension of the Achaemenid Empire in modern Western thought.

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ARCH B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
Spring 2021
This is a topics course. Topics vary. A research-oriented course taught in seminar format, treating issues of current interest in Greek and Roman art and archaeology. 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology, art history, or Cities, or related fields is strongly recommended.

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ARCH B398 Senior Seminar
A weekly seminar on topics to be determined with assigned readings and oral and written reports.

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ARCH B399 Senior Seminar
A weekly seminar on common topics with assigned readings and oral and written reports.

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ARCH B403 Supervised Work
Supervised Work

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ARCH B425 Praxis III: Independent Study
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARCH B504 Archaeology of Greek Religion
Not offered 2020-21
This course approaches the topic of ancient Greek religion by focusing on surviving archaeological, architectural, epigraphical, artistic and literary evidence that dates from the Archaic and Classical periods. By examining a wealth of diverse evidence that ranges, for example, from temple architecture, and feasting and banqueting equipment to inscriptions, statues, vase paintings, and descriptive texts, the course enables the participants to analyze the value and complexity of the archaeology of Greek religion and to recognize its significance for the reconstruction of daily life in ancient Greece. Special emphasis is placed on subjects such as the duties of priests and priestesses, the violence of animal sacrifice, the function of cult statues and votive offerings and also the important position of festivals and hero and mystery cults in ancient Greek religious thought and experience.

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ARCH B505 Topics in Ancient Athens
Fall 2020
This is a topics course. Topics vary.

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ARCH B506 The Archaeology of Greece and Asia Minor during the Archaic and Classical Periods
Not offered 2020-21
This course discusses the material culture discovered in Archaic and Classical sanctuaries, cemeteries, and settlements in Greece and Asia Minor, taking into consideration past and present archaeological theory and interpretive trends. Key topics include human interaction with material culture, social change, and the use of space, landscape, and religion.

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ARCH B517 Cultural Heritage and Endangered Archaeology
Fall 2020
This course will examine how and why archaeological sites are 'endangered'. Primarily focusing on the Near East and North Africa (the MENA region), we will examine the different types of archaeological and heritage sites found across this broad region, and some of the threats and disturbances affecting them. We will consider how different interest groups and stakeholders view, value and present historical and archaeological sites to the general public, as well as the success of modern initiatives and projects to safeguard the heritage of the MENA region. Our research will consider the ethics of cultural preservation, as well as the issues and problems encountered by heritage specialists working in areas of modern conflict. Whilst not all damage can be prevented, the course will consider how different threats and disturbances might be mitigated.

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ARCH B555 The Achaemenid Empire
Spring 2021
This course explores the art, history, and archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire. Between 550 and 330 B.C., the Achaemenid kings of Iran controlled the largest and greatest empire the world has seen up until that time. By studying the art, architecture, politics, religion, burial customs, administration, economy, and warfare of Achaemenid Persia, the course offers a unique insight into the wealth, splendor, and diversity of one of the most powerful empires of the ancient Near East. Because the Achaemenid Empire exerted great influence on the ancient Mediterranean world, the contacts and conflict between ancient Greece and Persia will be also examined, from an ancient Greek perspective, in order to understand how this perspective contributed to the misapprehension of the Achaemenid Empire in modern Western thought.

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ARCH B602 Graduate Intensive Survey
Fall 2020
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore thee in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes.

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ARCH B603 Graduate Intensive Survey
Spring 2021
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.

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ARCH B605 The Concept of Style
Not offered 2020-21
This seminar examines the development and uses of concepts of "style" in the criticism, analysis, and historiography of textual and material culture. Particular attention is paid to the recognition and description of style, explanations of stylistic change, and the meanings attached to style, particularly but not exclusively in classical and related traditions.

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ARCH B608 Mediterranean Landscape Archaeology
Not offered 2020-21
This course explores a range of approaches to the study of landscapes that relates to core principles of the field of archaeology. It also discusses the construction of specific landscapes in the Mediterranean (e.g., gardens, sacred landscapes, and memoryscapes).

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ARCH B613 Interrogating the Dead
Not offered 2020-21
One of the most direct forms of evidence we have for ancient societies are graves. From these contexts we often find skeletal remains; vestiges of once living people. The burial record, however, raises as many questions as it does answers. This graduate seminar will draw upon archaeological and anthropological literature to explore the different ways in which mortuary archaeology can inform us on wider socio-cultural phenomenon. When, for example, can we see individuality emerging? What was the impact of mono-theistic religions upon the treatment and conceptualization of the body? How were burial assemblages manipulated by living populations? Using cases studies from the Neolithic through to the Islamic periods, we will also explore patterns of similarity and difference that can be identified across this broad region over time and space.

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ARCH B615 Mystery Cults
Not offered 2020-21
An investigation of the phenomenon of mystery cults, their foundation and dispersal from the Classical through Hellensistic and early Roman periods. A study of the topography and monuments of specific cults and of representation of mysteries in sculpture and painting.

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ARCH B616 Maritime Networks and the Archaeology of the Levant
Not offered 2020-21
This course will explore the history and archaeology of the Levant, and its key role in the maritime networks of the Eastern Mediterranean. We will use case studies from the Neolithic through to the late medieval period, to discover how 'seascapes' have shaped and influenced Levantine economies, industries, identities and political interconnections throughout the history of this region. The class will draw upon archaeological (both underwater and coastal), literary and iconographic evidence, alongside ongoing geomorphological and environmental studies in the region to take an interdisciplinary approach to this topic.

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ARCH B633 Nomads and Archaeology
Not offered 2020-21
This course will explore the historical importance of mobile groups in regions such as the Ancient Near East and some of the archaeological traces they may leave behind. Using ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological literature we will discuss the different ways in which mobile populations have been conceptualized, portrayed and treated by non-mobile societies and the relationship between these different groups. The course will also consider how new technologies and archaeological methods might enable us to fill in some of the gaps in our understanding and how we might be able to place mobile populations at the center, rather than at the periphery, of our archaeological narratives.

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ARCH B634 Problems in Classical Art
Fall 2020
This is a topics course. Topics vary. A seminar dealing with current issues in the art of ancient Greece and related traditions.

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ARCH B640 East Mediterranean Interconnections
Not offered 2020-21

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ARCH B654 The Archaeology of Prehistoric Arabia
Not offered 2020-21
In this course we examine the archaeology of prehistoric Arabia from c. 8000 to 500 BC. Particular emphasis is placed upon how the archaeological evidence illuminates social and economic structures.

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ARCH B680 Problems in the Archaeology of Mesopotamia
Spring 2021
We will look at the art of second-millennium BCE states and empires of North, especially Mari, Mitanni, Middle Assyrian, and their interconnections with Anatolia and Egypt.

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ARCH B691 The Uruk Period in Western Asia
Not offered 2020-21

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ARCH B701 Supervised Work
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Unit of supervised work

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CHEM B208 Topics in Art Analysis
Spring 2021
This is a topics course and topics will vary. All courses will cover a variety of methods of analysis of works of art centered around a specific theme. Using both completed case studies and their own analysis of objects in the Bryn Mawr College collection, students will investigate a number of instrumental methods of obtaining both quantitative and qualitative information about the manufacture, use and history of the objects. This course counts towards the major in History of Art.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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CSTS B201 Cleopatra: Passion, Power, and Politics
Not offered 2020-21
Cleopatra VII, the last ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt (69-30 BCE), has been a figure of continuous fascination and political resonance for over 2000 years. She was the most famous and enigmatic person in the ancient Mediterranean world while she was alive and, since then, she has been re-imagined by countless poets, dramatists, philosophers, filmmakers, musicians, and artists of all types. In this course, we will examine both the historical Cleopatra and her reception in various media in subsequent cultures and societies. In the first part, we will carefully study the ancient literary and material evidence to learn all we can about the real Cleopatra and the tumultuous times in which she lived. In the second part, we will then consider a selection of medieval, early modern, and contemporary representations of Cleopatra, ranging from Chaucer to Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra to HBO's series Rome and the use of Cleopatra in present-day advertising. Throughout our readings, we will focus on issues such as female agency and power in a man's world, beauty and the femme fatale, east vs. west, and politics and propaganda.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B207 Early Rome and the Roman Republic
Spring 2021
This course surveys the history of Rome from its origins to the end of the Republic, with special emphasis on the rise of Rome in Italy and the evolution of the Roman state. The course also examines the Hellenistic world in which the rise of Rome takes place. The methods of historical investigation using the ancient sources, both literary and archaeological, are emphasized.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B208 The Roman Empire
Not offered 2020-21
Imperial history from the principate of Augustus to the House of Constantine with focus on the evolution of Roman culture and society as presented in the surviving ancient evidence, both literary and archaeological.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B324 Roman Architecture
Not offered 2020-21
The course gives special attention to the architecture and topography of ancient Rome from the origins of the city to the later Roman Empire. At the same time, general issues in architecture and planning with particular reference to Italy and the provinces from republic to empire are also addressed. These include public and domestic spaces,structures, settings and uses, urban infrastructure, the relationship of towns and territories, "suburban" and working villas, and frontier settlements. Prerequisite: ARCH 102.

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CSTS B639 Italy and the Rise of Rome
Fall 2020
This course examines the archaeology and history of the Italian peninsula in the first millennium BCE, with a particular focus on the dynamics of Rome's rise from small settlement to the dominant power on the Italian peninsula. Through an examination of the textual, epigraphic, numismatic, and archaeological evidence from Rome and the other major powers in Italy in this period, including the Etruscans, Samnites, and Greek colonial cities, we investigate the major debates and issues surrounding Rome's rise to power, including the nature of Roman imperialism, processes of "Romanization" or acculturation among non-Romans, and the social and political conflicts and pressures which played a role in shaping the character of the Roman state in the first millennium BCE.

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GSEM B623 Figures of Resistance: Classical and Modern
Not offered 2020-21
The GSem will explore classical figures of resistance such as Prometheus, Antigone, Electra, Medea, and Lysistrata and their reception in modern art and cinema. The focus will be on films and other works of art that re-appropriate and transform the ancient characters and their stories. We will discuss in particular how modern filmmakers re-contextualize the classical figures to shed light on contemporary historical, political, and social issues. Films will include Tony Harrison, Prometheus (Great Britain, 1998), Liliana Cavani, The Year of the Cannibals (Italy, 1970), Amy Greenfield, Antigone/Rites of Passion (USA, 1991), Ingmar Bergman, Persona (Sweden, 1966), Miklós Jancsó, Electra, My Love (Hungary, 1974), Arthur Ripstein, Asi Es La Vida (Mexico, 2000), and Spike Lee, Chi-raq (USA, 2015). Readings will be drawn from texts on reception studies, film and gender theory, psychoanalysis, and political theory.

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GSEM B654 War and Peace in the Ancient World
Not offered 2020-21
For centuries history has been perceived, written and taught as a series of wars and periods of peace. Yet, the question remains: what does it mean when a city, a state or a nation is at war, and how do different cultures and societies conceptualize peace? This interdisciplinary seminar explores theories and practices of war and peace in the ancient world, examining the archaeological, epigraphic, and literary evidence. The archaeology of warfare will include battlefields, fortifications, arms and weapons, siege machines, war memorials, funerary monuments as well as the iconography of victors and victims. The literary sources that we will be reading, among them the Homeric epics, select passages from Greek and Roman historiography, philosophical and rhetorical works and ancient handbooks and manuals of warfare, will shed light on the recording of conflicts, the conduct of war, notions of power and peace, the depiction of leaders, the representation of violence, and strategies of commemoration. Investigating bodies of evidence, which are normally studied separately and within specific disciplinary formations, we aim to challenge the entrenched oppositions between archaeology, philology, and history and to engage in a discourse about the complex and changing conceptualizations of war and peace in the ancient world. We plan to have several guest lecturers. Students participating in this seminar will be expected to give oral presentations and to develop their special areas of interests in their research projects applying a variety of methods. No previous classics or archaeology training is required.

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HART B218 Byzantine Textiles in Life and Death
Spring 2021
This course explores the manifold uses and meanings of textiles in early Byzantine visual and material culture as well as their afterlife as objects of collection and display in the modern era. Students will undertake original research on early Byzantine textiles from the collection of Philadelphia University. Assignments will develop skills in museological writing, including documentation for collection databases and object exhibitions. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or History is recommended, but not required.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B301 Topics in Exhibition Strategies
Not offered 2020-21
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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HART B318 Cultural Property and Museums
Not offered 2020-21
This course examines cultural heritage and the concept of cultural property in relation to museums and collections. We will consider the development of national and international laws in the 20th and 21st centuries to protect cultural heritage, museum responsibilities, and case studies on topics including the looting of archaeological sites, the fate of art during war, nationalism and politics, restitution of art, and fakes and forgeries.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages
Not offered 2020-21
A lecture and discussion course on the therapeutic systems (humoral theory, faith healing, natural magic), the medical marketplace, and the social context for understanding health and disease in the medieval period. Topics covered include Greek, Arabic, and Latin medical textual traditions, the rise of hospitals and public health, and the Black Death.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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