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Course Itineraries

The study of Ancient History covers an exceptionally broad intellectual, methodological, and evidentiary field. No two students will find themselves pursuing exactly the same course itineraries. Nevertheless, there are some anchors around which those itineraries can be arranged. The 20 units of a student’s career through coursework are distributed in the following way, with courses and teaching integrated in the second and third years:

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

8 courses (4/semester)

6 courses (3/semester)

6 courses (3/semester)

 

2 courses taught (1/semester)

2 courses taught (1/semester)

First year students will also audit the undergraduate introductory survey courses in the ancient societies relevant to their research and pedagogical interests, and undertake a course of readings that will be developed in collaboration with the instructor of the relevant course.

Qualifying Exams take place immediately before the fourth semester of coursework (i.e. in January of the student’s second year in the program). Preliminary Exams are taken at the end of the sixth semester of coursework.First year students will also audit the undergraduate introductory survey courses in the ancient societies relevant to their research and pedagogical interests.

Students in their first year should expect that their course of study will include:

·         Problems in Ancient History Seminar (ANCH 535)

·         Methods in Ancient History Seminar (ANCH 536)

In subsequent years, course choices are made in consultation with the Graduate Group Chair, However, methodology, historiographical problems, and direct, unmediated engagement with primary texts remain the foundation of a student's course of study. We believe that, together, these courses provide an essential foundation for te practice of Ancient History, both as a scholar and as a pedagogue.

Students should make themselves aware of graduate courses in departments to which faculty members of the group are affiliated: Anthropology, Classical Studies, History of Art, Religious Studies, History, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. We also strongly encourage students to explore graduate courses in other fields and other disciplines, which will extend and enhance their capacity to ask scholarly questions about the ancient world. Depending on the language(s) deemed most appropriate to a particular course of study, students might find themselves taking these courses in Classical Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Religious Studies, or Linguistics. 

Course choices are made in consultation with the Graduate Chair. A sense of the range of possible courses of study can be obtained from the following course itineraries, grouped according to the broad field of the doctoral dissertation that emerged from the course of study:

Historiography/Literature Interest:

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Problems in Greek History

Greek Sanctuaries Sacred Law

Greek Epigraphy

Post Baccalaureate Greek

Greece Anatolia and East

Historical Greek Grammar

CLST Proseminar

Herodotus

Tacitus

Latin Poetry and Poetics

 

 

Rome’s Medn Economy

Power, Money, GDR Athens

Latin Historical Documents

Latin Literature Survey

Polybius and Livy

Ind Stud

Issues in Folklore Theory
Dionysus and Greek Drama

Cicero’s Dialogs [Bryn Mawr]

Greek Civic Culture of Roman Asia Minor

 

 

Material Culture Economic History Interest:

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

CLST Proseminar

Ancient Economies

Roman Architect & Topog

AAMW Proseminar

Papyrology

Greek Epigraphy

Advanced Greek Survey

Advanced Latin Survey

Tacitus

Latin Poetry: Exemplary Trad

 

 

Methods in Roman History

Ancient Medicine

Roman Epigraphy

Roman Architect & Topog

Ind Stud

Architecture of Rome

Homer

Greek East Roman Era [Princ]

Ind Stud

Advanced Latin Survey

 

 

 

Cultural/Social History Interest:

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Greek Epigraphy

Advanced Greek Survey

Roman Letters

CLST Proseminar

Religion Late Antique Syria

Religion Magic Rome [Princ]

Hellenistic Imperial Historiog
Advanced Greek Survey

Caesar

Judaism/Christianity among Greeks and Romans

     

Problems in Roman History

Biblical Hebrew

Center/Region Anc Med [Princ]

Greek Prose Composition

Second Sophistic

Problems Greek History

Ind Stud: Greek

Papyrology

Origins Middle Ages [Princ]

Latin Poetry

 

 

 

Political History/Epigraphy Interest:

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

AAMW Proseminar

Intro Archaeology Ceramics

Greek Poetry

CLST Proseminar

Polybius

Greek Epigraphy

Roman Letters

Latin Prose Composition

Indo-European Grammar

Argonaut Myth

 

 

Aegean Bronze Age

Problems in Roman History

Ancient Seafaring

Hellenistic Imperial Historiog

Greek Epigraphy

The Greek Polis

Greek Prose Comp

Latin Historiography: Ammianus/SHA

Indo-European Grammar II

Ind Stud: Latin

 

 

 

Religious/Historiographical Interest:

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Polybius

Problems in Greek History

Greek Sanctuaries

CLST Proseminar

Greek Historiog [Princ]

Rabbinic Narrative

Advanced Greek Survey

Hellenistic Judaism: Josephus

Tacitus

Judaism/Christianity: Identity and Polemics

 

 

Problems in Roman History

Jews in Greek/Roman World

Ind Stud

Greek Epigraphy

Ancient Economies

Josephus as Historiographer

Rabbinic Judaism: Messianism

Greek Prose Composition

Identity/Self-Definition Judaism and Christianity

Ind Stud