Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in Classical Archaeology (Division 342)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

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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.

Instructor(s): Elaine Gazda (gazda@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~hartspc/histart/winter99/222-001.html

See History of Art 222.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2/3 Waitlist Code: 1

Class. Arch. 396. Undergraduate Seminar.

Section 001 The Territory of Greek Cities

Instructor(s): Yannis Lolos (ylolos@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In antiquity, Greece, far from being a unified country, was divided into a series of independent states and nations (ethne) with their own organization, policy, dialect, and resources. By the Archaic period, each state had developed one major city which was surrounded by its countryside (chora). The chora was vital for the survival of a Greek city on many levels: economic, demographic, religious, defensive. The purpose of this seminar is to explore the importance of the countryside, the evidence for activity and relations with the city. Subjects such as the nature of boundaries between neighboring cities, settlement patterns, road systems, military installations, extra-urban sanctuaries, pasture, farming, mining and logging will be discussed in the course of the term. In addition, we will address the primary means of understanding human landscapes, field survey, by discussing its methods, advantages and limitations. Familiarity with the structure and principal monuments of a Greek city (which will not be discussed), and some general historical background are desirable. The participants will be expected to give oral presentations, and write a final paper. There will be neither midterm nor final examination.

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Class. Arch. 436/Hist. of Art 436. Hellenistic and Roman Architecture.

Instructor(s): Yannis Lolos (ylolos@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Hist. of Art 101 or Class. Arch. 221 or 222. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~hartspc/histart/winter99/436-001.html

From the palaces of Macedonian kings to the Golden House of Nero, and from the Asklepieion of Cos in the Aegean to the temple of Fortune at Palestrina, Hellenistic and Roman architectural styles hold at least three features in common: theatricality, as they both played on the notion of perspective; regionalism, as they adopted, to a lesser or greater extent, traits of the regions where the monuments were implanted; and an increasing interest in non-sacred buildings, such as market places, villas and palaces, and bath complexes. Once the properties of cement were fully recognized in the Roman period, architects began experimenting on new shapes and volumes, and the buildings achieved a structural complexity which was inconceivable before. It is these aspects of the architecture developed during the seven hundred years of Hellenistic and Roman civilization that we will explore in this class through the examination of hundreds of monuments from different regions. The last two or three sessions will be devoted on the influence of this architecture in modern Europe and the United States, from the Renaissance to the neo-Classical movement and the XXth century.There are no prerequisites for this class, but familiarity with Greek monuments of earlier centuries would certainly be an advantage. Grading will be based on a take-home essay, a paper, and a final exam. Required text: J.W. Ward-Perkins, Roman Imperial Architecture (Yale University Press 1994).

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Class. Arch. 443/Hist. of Art 443. The Art and Archaeology of Greek Colonization.

Instructor(s): John Pedley

Prerequisites & Distribution: Class. Arch. 221. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~hartspc/histart/winter99/443-001.html

The course will address the archaeological and historical evidence for the arrival of the Greeks in Italy and Sicily, for the expansion of their communities, for their relations with indigenous populations, and for their contributions to the arts and to architecture. Motives for Greek westward colonization will be examined along with the sitings for settlements; sanctuaries yielding information on religious life and the distribution of cults and cemeteries telling of social stratification (grave goods and wall paintings) will be surveyed; temples which witness imaginative interpretations of the architectural Orders and relief sculpture telling stories will all be investigated. Type sites to be examined in detail will be Syracuse in Sicily, and in South Italy Poseidonia-Paestum. The chronological range of the course will be from the 8th century BC to the Roman conquest. One hour exam, one paper, reports and a final exam.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 3

Class. Arch. 499. Supervised Reading.

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

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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.

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