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Courses in Classical Archaeology (Division 342)

222/Hist. of Art 222. Introduction to Roman Archaeology. (4). (HU).
Anyone who has watched Ben-Hur, Spartacus, or Life of Brian has an image of Rome and the Romans. But just how accurate is that image? This course will introduce the archaeology and art of the Roman empire, a vast and diverse society that stretched from modern day Britain to Egypt and beyond, and whose inhabitants ranged from divine emperors to beggars and slaves. The course will examine a variety of themes (economics, religion, entertainment), as well as the art and architecture of the imperial power; both the imperial capital of Rome itself and the provinces will be explored. At the end of the course, current images of Rome, including its cinematic representation, will be considered and criticized. Lecture will provide general coverage, with weekly discussion sections organized to explore specific issues in detail. There are no prerequisites for the course; requirements consist of two hour exams and a final exam. Cost:2 /3 WL:1 (Alcock)
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434/Hist. of Art 434. Archaic Greek Art. (3). (HU).
This course will study the architecture, sculpture, vase painting and minor arts of the Greekworld from ca. 700 ca. 480 B.C. Attention will be paid to the development of the architectural Orders (Doric, Ionic, Aeolic), of sculptural types and of shapes and decoration of vases. Questions of regional variation, transmission, distribution, and social use will be addressed. Requirements: an hour exam at midterm, a final exam, and a paper (5-10 pages). (Pedley)
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531/Hist. of Art 531/Anthro. 587. Aegean Art and Archaeology. Class. Arch. 221 or 222. (3). (Excl).
We will follow the developments of societies in the lands around the Aegean Sea from the sixth millennium to ca. 1000 B.C. We will address such issues as the complex means that held (or did not hold) together Neolithic societies, the changing nature of political authority in the third millennium and its basis, and the formation and demise of large scale hierarchical polities in the period of the Anatolian, Minoan, and Mycenaean palaces. We shall place emphasis on regional differences, and on the processes that led to the centralization of the economy in some regions and inhibited it in others. Lectures will be regularly followed by class discussion. Readings will include (a) general surveys of Aegean prehistory, (b) a series of articles on particular problems of the Aegean prehistory, and (c) theoretical papers of relevance to prehistoric societies in general. Students will earn their grades by writing a paper (to be presented in preliminary form in class) and a final exam. Previous exposure to archaeology is essential. (Fotiadis)
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