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Ancient Archaeology Courses

(No Greek or Latin Required)

Clsx 105C. Digging for Identity. 3 cr.

In this introduction to archaeology for first year students, we will consider the following questions.  What can material culture reveal about past people?  How and why did they use it?  How did it shape who they are?  And how do we use (sometimes abuse?) it to define who we are today?  Along the way, we will learn about the discipline's aims, history, methods, problems, and significance.  The course will address, in turn, the nature of archaeological evidence, how we interpret it, and what we should do with it.  While we will often focus on archaeological sites in the Mediterranian and Near East, discussion will touch on others thoughout the world. 

Clsx 214. Introduction to Archaeology 3 cr.

An overview of the discipline of archaeology. We will consider the discipline's aims, history, theories, and methods, and will devote special attention to its modern practice, problems, ethical concerns, and significance. This course will address, in turn, the nature of archaeological evidence, how we interpret it, and what we should do with it.  While we often will focus on archaeological sites in the Mediterranian and Near East, discussion will touch on others throughout the world.  As will be clear immediately and throughout, at the heart of this course is the identity of human beings, past and present.

Clsx 315. Archaeological History of the Ancient Greek World. 3 cr.

A survey of the archaeology of Greece from prehistory to the Roman period.

Clsx 316. Archaeological History of Athens. 3 cr.

An investigation into the topography and monuments of Athens and Attica, from the prehistoric to the Roman period.

Clsx 317. Archaeological History of the Ancient Roman World. 3 cr.

A survey of the archaeology of Italy from prehistory to the middle fourth century A.D.

Clsx 318. Archaeological History of Rome. 3 cr.

An investigation of the topography and monuments of Rome from prehistory through Constantine.

Clsx 319. Archaeological History: Seminar. 3 cr.

Possible topics include the Bronze Age Aegean, the development of Vase Paintings, the Etruscans, the Ara Pacis, etc.

Clsx 321. Art, Architecture, and Archaeology of the Augustan Period. 3 cr.

This class shall examine the Augustan period in the light of its material culture focusing on the art and architecture produced under Augustus in Rome.  It will also consider Augustus’ influence upon the later Roman Empire and the Fascist archaeology under Mussolini.