CLARCH 815 - Hellenistic Cities of the Near East
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Classical Archaeology (CLARCH)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
2 - 3
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

When I devised this seminar in 1987 the title seemed straightforward and obvious. Since then all the words other than "of" and "the" have become contentious: Hellenistic for its Hellenocentrism; Near East for its colonial overtones; and cities for its implied focus on elites. Despite the title the course has evolved with the times. We study the material remains from sites of all sizes and function-- from the great dynastic capitals such as Seleucia-on-the Tigris to small fort/villages such as Jebel Khalid. The selection of sites is based on interests of students and state of publications.

Course Requirements:

I will lead the first 3 sessions and provide an overview on approaches to the areas of study. Thereafter each student will lead two class discussions in the course of the semester, one on a large, dynastic site of his or her choice and the other on smaller site. A final research paper of 20-30 pages is required, and the last 3 weeks of the class will be dedicated to students' presentations of their in-progress research for advice, critique and discussion among their fellows.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for graduate students from Classical Studies, Archaeology, History, and History of Art interested in the Hellenistic world and archaeological approaches to it. Advanced undergraduates may be admitted at the instructor's discretion.

Class Format:


CLARCH 815 - Hellenistic Cities of the Near East
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001 (SEM)
F 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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