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Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B102-001Introduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWOld Library 224Lindenlauf,A., Lindenlauf,A., Lindenlauf,A., Lindenlauf,A.
Discussion: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM FCarpenter Library 17
Discussion: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM FOld Library 116
Discussion: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM FOld Library 118
ARCH B206-001Hellenistic and Roman SculptureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFOld Library 104Donohue,A.
ARCH B219-001Art and Archaeology of Late AntiquitySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall GMcFadden,S.
ARCH B225-001The Art and Achaeology of Greco-Roman EgyptSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 300McFadden,S.
ARCH B303-001Classical BodiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TOld Library 102Donohue,A.
ARCH B305-001Topics in Ancient Athens: AcropolisSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM FCarpenter Library 17Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B316-001Trade and Transport in the Ancient WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM FTaylor Hall EMagee,P.
ARCH B399-001Senior Seminar: Endangered ArchaeologySemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THCarpenter Library 13Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B505-001Topics in Ancient AthensSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM FCarpenter Library 17Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B613-001Interrogating the DeadSemester / 1LEC: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM TDalton Hall 1Bradbury,J.
ARCH B640-001East Mediterranean InterconnectionsSemester / 1LEC: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM THOld Library 223McFadden,S.
ARCH B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1
ARCH B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1
ARCH B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1
ARCH B701-004Supervised WorkSemester / 1
HART B301-001Topics in Exhibition Strategies: ExhibitingByzantine TextilesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FCanaday 205 (Special Collect.)Robbins,C., Teaching Assistant,T., Walker,A.
HART B318-001Cultural Property and MuseumsSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM TCarpenter Library 25MacKay,C.

Fall 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B101-001Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFBradbury,J.
ARCH B312-001Bronze Age InternationalismSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TBradbury,J.
ARCH B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1LEC: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM THDept. staff, TBA
ARCH B605-001The Concept of StyleSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM MOld Library 102Donohue,A.
ARCH B616-001Maritime Networks and the Archaeology of the LevantSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THBradbury,J.
ARCH B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1
ARCH B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1
ARCH B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1
CSTS B201-001Cleopatra: Passion, Power, and PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWBaertschi,A.

Spring 2020

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.
ARCH B208-001Ancient Near Eastern HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHBradbury,J.
ARCH B399-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MDept. staff, TBA
ARCH B633-001Nomads and ArchaeologySemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TBradbury,J.
ARCH B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1
ARCH B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1
ARCH B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1
GSEM B654-001War and Peace in the Ancient WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FBaertschi,A., Lindenlauf,A.
HIST B231-001Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle AgesSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHTruitt,E.

2019-20 Catalog Data

ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Fall 2019
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 2020
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
Not offered 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
Not offered 2019-20
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B135 Focus: Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods
Not offered 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
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)

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ARCH B205 Greek Sculpture
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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
Spring 2020
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 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 B225 The Art and Achaeology of Greco-Roman Egypt
Not offered 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 B240 Archaeology and History of Ancient Mesopotamia
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ARCH B254 Cleopatra
Not offered 2019-20
This course examines the life and rule of Cleopatra VII, the last queen of Ptolemaic Egypt, and the reception of her legacy in the Early Roman Empire and the western world from the Renaissance to modern times. The first part of the course explores extant literary evidence regarding the upbringing, education, and rule of Cleopatra within the contexts of Egyptian and Ptolemaic cultures, her relationships with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, her conflict with Octavian, and her death by suicide in 30 BCE. The second part examines constructions of Cleopatra in Roman literature, her iconography in surviving art, and her contributions to and influence on both Ptolemaic and Roman art. A detailed account is also provided of the afterlife of Cleopatra in the literature, visual arts, scholarship, and film of both Europe and the United States, extending from the papal courts of Renaissance Italy and Shakespearean drama, to Thomas Jefferson's art collection at Monticello and Joseph Mankiewicz's 1963 epic film, Cleopatra.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ARCH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
Not offered 2019-20
The often-praised achievements of the classical cultures arose from the realities of day-to-day life. This course surveys the rich body of material and textual evidence pertaining to how ancient Greeks and Romans -- famous and obscure alike -- lived and died. Topics include housing, food, clothing, work, leisure, and family and social life.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B263 Roman Archaeology: Life in the City
Not offered 2019-20
The art and architecture of Rome from the Republic through the Empire.

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ARCH B301 Greek Vase-Painting
Not offered 2019-20
This course is an introduction to the world of painted pottery of the Greek world, from the 10th to the 4th centuries B.C.E. We will interpret these images from an art-historical and socio-economic viewpoint. We will also explore how these images relate to other forms of representation. Prerequisite: one course in classical archaeology or permission of instructor.

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ARCH B303 Classical Bodies
Not offered 2019-20
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
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Acropolis
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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ARCH B306 Monumental Painting
Not offered 2019-20
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 B308 Ceramic Analysis
Not offered 2019-20
Pottery is a fundamental means of establishing the relative chronology of archaeological sites and of understanding past human behavior. Included are theories, methods and techniques of pottery description, analysis and interpretation. Topics include typology, seriation, ceramic characterization, production, function, exchange and the use of computers in pottery analysis. Laboratory work on pottery in the department collections. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Counts toward Geoarchaeology

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ARCH B312 Bronze Age Internationalism
Fall 2019
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 B314 Ancient Greek Seafaring and Shipwrecks
Not offered 2019-20
This course examines the diverse evidence for ancient Greek seafaring and shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea from prehistory to the beginning of the Roman Empire. By focusing on archaeological, literary, iconographic, and epigraphic evidence, the course explores ancient Greek, Phoenician, Etruscan, and Roman interconnections in the Mediterranean Sea, through special attention to trade routes, commerce, colonization, economy, naval and maritime technology, cultural interactions, sea exploration, and piracy.

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ARCH B316 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World
Not offered 2019-20
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 B322 The Archaeology of the Roman Empire: Comparative Perspectives
Not offered 2019-20
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 B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
Not offered 2019-20
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
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Endangered Archaeology
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 B501 Greek Vase Painting
Not offered 2019-20
This course is an introduction to the world of painted pottery of the Greek world, from the 10th to the 4th centuries B.C.E. We will interpret these images from an art-historical and socio-economic viewpoint. We will also explore how these images relate to other forms of representation. Prerequisite: one course in classical archaeology or permission of instructor.

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ARCH B504 Archaeology of Greek Religion
Not offered 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 B508 Ceramic Analysis
Not offered 2019-20
Pottery is fundamental for establishing the relative chronology of archaeological sites and past human behavior. Included are theories, methods and techniques of pottery description, analysis, and interpretation. Topics are typology, seriation, ceramic characterization, production, function, exchange and the use of computers in pottery analysis. Laboratory in the collections.

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ARCH B512 Bronze Age Internationalism
Not offered 2019-20
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.

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ARCH B514 Ancient Greek Seafaring and Shipwrecks
Not offered 2019-20
This course examines the diverse evidence for ancient Greek seafaring and shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea from prehistory to the beginning of the Roman Empire. By focusing on archaeological, literary, iconographic, and epigraphic evidence, the course explores ancient Greek, Phoenician, Etruscan, and Roman interconnections in the Mediterranean Sea, through special attention to trade routes, commerce, colonization, economy, naval and maritime technology, cultural interactions, sea exploration, and piracy.

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ARCH B605 The Concept of Style
Fall 2019
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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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
Fall 2019
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
Spring 2020
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20

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ARCH B643 Mortuary Practices
Not offered 2019-20
This seminar focuses on the mortuary practices of the ancient Greek and Macedonian worlds from the Iron Age to the end of the Hellenistic period. Special emphasis is placed on the examination of skeletal remains, funerary offerings, the art, and architecture of specific archaeological sites and on the study of various issues in the archaeology of death.

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ARCH B654 The Archaeology of Prehistoric Arabia
Not offered 2019-20
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 B691 The Uruk Period in Western Asia
Not offered 2019-20

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ARCH B692 Archaeology of Achaemenid Era
Not offered 2019-20
The course explores the archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire. It will be offered in conjunction with Professor Lauren Ristvet (UPENN) and will cover the archaeology of the regions from Libya to India fro 538 to 332 BC. Students will be expected to provide presentations as well as written work.

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ARCH B701 Supervised Work
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Unit of supervised work

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CSTS B201 Cleopatra: Passion, Power, and Politics
Fall 2019
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 B324 Roman Architecture
Not offered 2019-20
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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GSEM B623 Figures of Resistance: Classical and Modern
Not offered 2019-20
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
Spring 2020
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
Not offered 2019-20
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
Section 001 (Spring 2019): ExhibitingByzantine Textiles
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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
Spring 2020
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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