Winter '00 Course Guide

Courses in Classical Archaeology (Division 342)

Winter Term, 2000 (January 5 April 26, 2000)

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The Department of Classical Studies believes that the literature, monuments, and social institutions of the ancient world, together with the reflections of the Greek and Roman thinkers about their own cultures, are of unique value in themselves, well worth our contemplation and understanding; and that as we attempt to learn about and appreciate classical civilization, we necessarily learn as well a variety of contemporary methodologies and disciplines.

The department offers three groups of courses for distribution, those in Classical Civilization (introductory courses that require no knowledge of Greek or Latin), courses in Classical Archaeology, and upper-level language courses in Greek and Latin authors or genres. While only a few courses are repeated in yearly or biennial rotation, most courses are offered less regularly. This system guarantees that the instructor approaches the subject each time with fresh impetus. We believe in a healthy change and variation in our course offerings.

Classical Civilization offerings include the general surveys of Greek and Roman civilizations (CC 101 and 102), which provide (through readings, lectures, and discussions) a broad understanding of the literatures, thought, and social development of ancient Greece and Rome, and thus provide the student with knowledge of and appreciation for our cultural origins, as well as an acquaintance with modern methods for understanding an ancient culture. These courses are taught each year. CC 101 is offered in the Fall and CC 102 is offered in the Winter. Other courses provide understanding of particular aspects of the ancient world, approached from a variety of disciplines and studies ­ literary, philosophical, historical, sociological, and so on. Some students (particularly those who have already developed special interests in such disciplines) may wish to explore one of these topics without having had a broader introduction.

Classical Archaeology offerings include the broad surveys of the archaeology and monuments of Greece (Cl.Arch 221 offered in the Fall) and Rome (Cl.Arch 222 offered in the Winter) and a general introduction to archaeological field methods (Cl.Arch 323). Other courses use the material remains of specific cultures both to introduce students to the diversity of the ancient world and to demonstrate how, through a variety of multi-disciplinary approaches, the societies.

archaeological record can be used to reconstruct the life-ways of past

Class. Arch. 222/Hist. of Art 222. Introduction to Roman Archaeology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Susan Alcock (

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Anyone who has ever watched "Ben Hur". "Spartacus". "Life of Brian" or "Bugs Bunny: Roman Legion Hare" has some image of Rome, the Romans and their empire. This course, while exploring and assessing these influential popular preconceptions, introduces a more balanced view of the archaeology and art of ancient Rome. The Roman Empire extended from modern day Britain to the modern day Near East; its inhabitants ranged from divine emperors to beggars and slaves. This course will not only study the developing art and architecture of this imperial world, but will also ask other questions: how was this vast and diverse empire governed? Who or what did its inhabitants worship? How did they feel about their emperor? How were they entertained? Why did the Roman Empire "decline and fall"? Lectures will provide a broad overview of these subjects, with weekly discussion sections exploring specific issues in more detail.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Class. Arch. 380/Hist. of Art 380/Anthro. 380. Minoan and Mycenaean Archaeology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bryan Burns (

Prerequisites & Distribution: Class. Arch. 221 and 222. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A survey of the archaeology of the Aegean world in the Bronze Age, this course is intended mainly for undergraduates with some relevant archaeological or art historical background (Class. Arch. 221 or Hist. of Art 101). The course will begin by considering what is known about the rise of complex societies in the prehistoric Aegean (the Minoans in Crete and Mycenaeans on the Greek mainland). The main focus will be on the social, economic, and administrative structures of these states, seen in their wider Mediterranean and Near Eastern context. Artistic, architectural, and religious traditions will be reviewed in some detail, together with the evidence of contemporary written documents and later traditions. The course will conclude with a consideration of the collapse and aftermath of these civilizations. There will be a midterm, a final, and one term paper.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 4

Class. Arch. 396. Undergraduate Seminar.

Section 001 The Art and Culture of Early Iron Age Greece

Instructor(s): Nassos Papalexandrou (

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The sophisticated culture of Greece in the Archaic and Classical periods did not emerge fully armed like Athena out of Zeus' head. Rather, it was the product of a long period of incubation (1100-700 BCE) which recent archaeological discoveries and new approaches reveal as an era of cultural dynamism and intense experimentation. This seminar intends to probe deeply into the material record of this age and the challenges of interpretation it presents in order to explore a broad area of methodologies, problems (ethnicity, orality, bronze age traditions, the traffic of goods and ideas, oriental influences), visual culture, materials and technology, economy, sites (Lefkandi, Crete, the Cyclades, and Cyprus), or other issues of interest. Participants should have some background in archaeology or related field. They will be expected to contribute actively in discussions held in class, to give oral presentations, and to write a final paper.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 4

Class. Arch. 440/Hist. of Art 440. Cities and Sanctuaries of Classical Greece.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nassos Papalexandrou (

Prerequisites & Distribution: A course in archaeology. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed to present an in-depth survey of the archaeology of the major panhellenic sanctuaries at Delphi, Olympia, Delos, Dodona. In the last century the systematic excavations of these sacred sites of the Greeks yielded an enormous amount of evidence regarding the function of the sanctuaries as crucibles for the generation and circulation of various forms of cultural energy. Sumptuous works of art, lavish monuments, revered rituals, myths, and arcane traditions formed the complex background against which the Greeks communicated with the divine in order to sanction their perceptions of self and society. Our scope will be to examine this evidence in view of recent scholarly approaches, which have sought to determine the role of the sanctuaries in the formation of Greek religion and the developement of early Greek society. Particular emphasis will be placed on the origins of these sites, on issues of cultic topography, ritual (i.e., athletics, divination), individual/communal dedicatory behavior, and last but not least, on the reinvention/recreation of the spiritual and physical landscapes of these sites in the last century.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 3

Class. Arch. 499. Supervised Reading.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Regular reports and conferences required.

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Class. Arch. 599. Supervised Study in Classical Archaeology.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Regular reports and conferences required.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.


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