This course explores the archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire and will be taught in conjunction with Peter Magee (Bryn Mawr). The largest ancient empire, the Achaemenid empire controlled an area from Libya to India for more than 200 years. The purpose of this class is to explore multiple aspects of the empire by looking at archaeological and historical evidence from the various geographical areas that came under imperial control during the mid-first millennium BC . A variety of theoretical concepts will be investigatedto help improve our understanding of the empire, including administrative techniques, power projection, culture and religion, and center and periphery, theory. As part of the class, students will have the opportunity to work with collections from the Penn Museum.
Section 401 - SEM
RISTVET, LAUREN M.
UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 410
Department of Anthropology
Museum, Room 325, 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 898-7461 Fax: (215) 898-7462