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Graduate courses in Classics Art/Archaeology

Primarily for graduate students; undergraduates may enroll with consent of instructor.

CLASSART 201. Archaic Greek Art

(Same as ARTHIST 101, ARTHIST 301, CLASSART 101.) The development of Greek art and culture from protogeometric beginnings to the Persian Wars, 1000-480 B.C.E. The genesis of a native Greek style; the orientalizing phase during which contact with the Near East and Egypt transformed Greek art; and the synthesis of East and West in the 6th century B.C.E.

4 units, Aut (Maxmin, J)

CLASSART 213. Ten Things: Science, Technology, and Design

(Same as CLASSART 113, STS 112.) Connections among science, technology, society and culture by examining the design of a prehistoric hand axe, Egyptian pyramid, ancient Greek perfume jar, medieval castle, Wedgewood teapot, Edison's electric light bulb, computer mouse, Sony Walkman, supersonic aircraft, and BMW Mini. Interdisciplinary perspectives include archaeology, cultural anthropology, science studies, history and sociology of technology, cognitive science, and evolutionary psychology.

4-5 units, Win (Shanks, M)

CLASSART 249. Roman Portraits and Persons

(Same as CLASSART 149.) From Republican verism to imperial types to changes in the tetrarchy and late antiquity. Interactions of portrait heads with stock bodies, the physical setting, and visual culture more broadly. The role of ancient ideas about representation, including physiognomy, biography, social position, ethnic identity and memory. How to assign dates; techniques; how to interpret contexts and meanings.

4-5 units, Spr (Trimble, J)

CLASSART 250. Cultural Heritage and Classical Antiquities

Comparative analysis of American and Italian cultural heritage practices concerning Greek and Roman antiquities. Themes include ethical, cultural, and legal situations of classical artifacts in American museums; constructions of the classical past in national contexts and the role of antiquities museums; and changing concepts of material relationships with the past. One-week field trip to Rome to compare installation and presentation practices in major museums.

5 units, not given this year

CLASSART 301. Domesticating the Periphery: Neolithic Societies of the Aegean

Developments in Greece from the 7th-4th millennia B.C.E. Focus is on the processes that led from early Holocene gatherers to Neolithic farmers, and material culture in that region of S.E. Europe. Archaeological sites, cultural groups, and geographical areas. A synthesis of the archaeological evidence from the Aegean in connection with the eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans, and theoretical and methodological problems involved in reconstructing these communities within a research tradition dominated by classical Greece.

3-5 units, given once only

CLASSART 315. Mapping Rome

Spatial analysis of the city of Rome in the late republic and early empire, including work with the Severan marble plan. Themes include the nature and urban impact of religious, commercial and residential space; interactions of different kinds of space; movement through the city; organization of neighborhoods and their implications for social relations. May be repeated for credit.

5 units, Spr (Trimble, J)

CLASSART 323. Archaeology of the Roman Economy

Recent developments. Focus is on changing frameworks, including Mediterraneanization and concepts of growth; differences between historians' and archaeologists' interests and methods; problems of scale and integration; relationships of models, fieldwork design, and archaeological data. Case studies may include the olive oil industry; the marble trade and connections of art and economics; and the Roman army and its economic workings and impact.

5 units, not given this year

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