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Winter Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Classical Archaeology


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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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P>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 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 societies.


CLARCH 222 / HISTART 222. Introduction to Roman Archaeology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael L Thomas (mlthomas@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

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

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/clarch/222/001.nsf

For many, when they think of ancient Rome, images of Russell Crowe swinging a sword in the Colosseum is the first thing that pops into their mind. How accurate are such depictions of ancient Rome? How did the Romans perceive their city? What exactly did it mean to be "Roman"? The object of this course is to put into context the archaeology and visual culture of ancient Rome and its empire. We will not only explore the material remains of Rome, but also how these remains fit into the religious, civic, and social activities of Romans (and the variety of people living under Rome's control). Readings and illustrated lectures will focus on the art, architecture, and archaeology of the city of Rome from its foundation (traditionally 753 BC) to Late Antiquity. The course will begin with a study of pre-Roman Italy, including the culture and religion of the Etruscans. Lectures will occasionally leave Rome, and explore the cities of Roman Italy (such as Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Ostia Antica) and the provinces in Europe, North Africa, and the Near East. Discussion sections will concentrate on specialized topics including the Roman army, feeding ancient Rome, currency and the Roman economy, the Roman family, slavery, gladiators and entertainment, baths and bathing, death and burial, and religion.

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

CLARCH 384(431) / HISTART 384. Principal Greek Archaeological Sites.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lisa Nevett

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and a course in archaeology. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course will look in detail at a range of the sites which contribute most to our understanding of Greek society between the Dark Age and Roman periods. In each case we will be exploring the excavated remains, and investigating what these tell us about the role of the site as a whole and about its social and cultural context. The course will build towards an analysis of the different components of the built environment and topography at large, complex sites like Athens, and towards an understanding of how such sites developed through time in response to the changing needs and demands of their inhabitants.

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

CLARCH 434 / HISTART 434. Archaic Greek Art.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lisa Nevett

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Archaic period witnessed dramatic changes in architecture, sculpture, painted pottery, and the minor arts, involving the creation of the canonical architectural orders and the development of figurative representation. The course will examine the evidence for those changes in detail, setting them within a broader chronological and cultural framework in order to understand some of the processes involved.

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

CLARCH 439 / HISTART 439. Greek Vase Painting.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sharon C Herbert (sherbert@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An introductory survey of the painted pottery produced on the Greek mainland from Mycenaean times through the early Hellenistic period. Pottery will be examined for art historical, cultural, and archaeological information. The artist's progress in realistic representation of the human figure as revealed on Greek vases will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on the domination of the pottery market by different cities at different times. The use of pottery as an archaeological tool in dating and evaluating an excavation will be discussed. There are illustrated lectures and extensive reserve reading. A midterm, final, and a paper are expected.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

CLARCH 481 / HISTART 481. Art of Ancient Iran.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Margaret C Root (mcroot@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and HISTART 101. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History of Art 481.001.

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CLARCH 499. Supervised Reading.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor required. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of CLARCH 499, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Regular reports and conferences required.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

CLARCH 599. Supervised Study in Classical Archaeology.

Instructor(s):

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: 5, Permission of Department

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