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CLASSICS 349: Classical Aesthetics and the Shaping of Modern Aesthetic Thought

We will focus on the birth of modern aesthetic thought in 18th and 19th-century Europe and how influential thinkers such as Batteux, Baumgarten, Lessing, Kant, Schiller, Schelling, Hegel, and Nietzsche used Greek and Roman literature, art, and philosophy in shaping their divergent ideas about the essence and role of the aesthetic in human perception and culture. Open to senior undergraduate students, please contact instructor.
Last offered: Winter 2019

CLASSICS 352: Doing Business in Classical Antiquity: Mediterranean Exchange (ARCHLGY 327)

Exchange was everywhere in the Mediterranean, from the individual household to the state. Yet the specific models by which goods changed hands were as varied as the ideas and values that moved alongside them. This seminar will explore theoretical approaches to commercial and non-commercial exchange, drawing primarily on the crucial but uneven bodies of archaeological evidence and historical sources in an effort to investigate the simple but hardly straightforward question of how business was undertaken in the Greco-Roman world.

CLASSICS 353: Archaeology: Post-Humanist Agendas (ARCHLGY 353)

How do people and their artifacts connect? Just what is the subject of archaeological history? A seminar reviewing the latest materialist approaches in archaeology and heritage studies.
Last offered: Spring 2015

CLASSICS 355: Landscape & Archaeology (ARCHLGY 355)

Last offered: Spring 2016

CLASSICS 356: Mediterranean Regionalism (ARCHLGY 356)

The ancient world enjoys scholarly traditions of both grand pan-Mediterranean narratives and focused studies of the individual landscapes and peoples who comprise them. Within archaeology, these latter explorations generally rely on expedient geographical designations, modern political boundaries, or survey areas as focused ¿regions¿ for discussion. Defining and interrogating the regions created and experienced by ancient peoples and assembling these into a coherent larger ancient picture proves far more difficult. This seminar explores the varied forms of ancient regionalisms¿from archaeological (architecture, ceramics, coinage, sculpture, etc.) to social (language, religion, etc.)¿and tools for investigating such patterns of human interaction.
Last offered: Spring 2016

CLASSICS 358: The Archaeology of Ancient Mediterranean Environments

This seminar examines the interplay between classical archaeologists¿ conceptions and analyses of ancient Mediterranean environments. These themes loom large now - during what might be called the ¿environmental turn¿ of the Anthropocene in the humanities and social sciences - and their increasing resonance provides the basis for critical reflection of the discipline¿s past and future trends. Topics will include: environmental determinism, ¿non-human¿ agency, the role of science in archaeological/historical practice, and the compartmentalization of environment/climate as analytic focus.
Last offered: Autumn 2015

CLASSICS 360: Ancient Mediterranean Ports

As ¿nodes of density in the matrix of connectivity¿ (Horden and Purcell 2000), ports provided the fundamental infrastructure for interaction on which ancient Mediterranean societies were built. This seminar explores the interrelated cultural and environmental factors behind maritime landscape development, as well as the comparative and complementary roles played by diverse port facilities in the socioeconomic life of local Mediterranean communities, from massive built harbors to unassuming beachside anchorages.
Last offered: Spring 2019

CLASSICS 362: Roman Comedy: The Rise and Fall and Rise of a Popular Genre

Roman comedy was a truly popular genre, enjoyed by audiences of every background. Comic texts are used as evidence for many (contradictory) reconstructions of early Roman society, but many central questions central to the genre remain opaque: Who watched it? Where was it performed? Who was it for? This seminar explores the social, literary, and material background of Roman comedy, from its Greek exemplars and an efflorescence in the Middle Republic, to its decline (and semi-revival) in the Imperial period.
Terms: Win | Units: 3-5
Instructors: Bork, H. (PI)

CLASSICS 367: Mediterranean Networks (ARCHLGY 367)

The the ancient Mediterranean was highly interconnected is common knowledge, and the idea of integration has become a defining factory in current approaches to Greco-Roman cultural identities. Yet how connectivity functiond, and how we should effectively analyze it, are less well understood. This seminar highlights emerging network approaches--both broad theoretical network paradigms and specific network science methodologies--as conceptual tools for archaeological and historical investigations of cultural interaction (economic, religious, artistic, colonial, etc.) across the Mediterranean world.
Terms: Win | Units: 3-5

CLASSICS 370: Topics in Roman Art and Visual Culture

Ancient Roman visual culture both reflected and actively shaped political, social, cultural and economic situations. Artworks, imagery and things seen played roles in constructing experience, intervening in human relationships, representing meaning, and framing possibility in particular ways. This seminar explores some of the most exciting recent work on Roman art and visual culture. Topics may include viewing and reception, materiality and object relations, framing, and others.
Last offered: Winter 2018
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