ARTH118 - Wonders of the Ancient World

By using as its focus the famous Seven Wonders of the World, in addition to study of similar wonders which did not make this canonical list, the course will provide an overview of the history and civilizations of the ancient Near East and Greece through the Hellenistic Period (ca. 3000-200 BC). The course will explore the ancient civilizations that created the Seven Wonders: Egypt (The Great Pyramids and the Lighthouse of Alexandria), Mesopotamia (the Hanging Gardens of Babylon), and Greece (the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Statue of Zeus at Olympia). In addition, the course will examine several ancient wonders that did not make the famous list. The additional wonders include the ziggurat of Ur, the labyrinthine palace of Minos at Knossos, the tomb of King Tutankhamen, the citadel of Homeric Troy, Solomon's temple in Jerusalem, Sennacherib's palace at Nineveh, and Darius the Great's royal center at Persepolis.
Section 601 - LEC
This course serves as an introduction to the art, archaeology, and history of the ancient Mediterranean world. Using the lens of the Hellenistic period, when for the first time Greek travelers gained easy access to the (even then) ancient civilizations of Egypt, Persia, and Mesopotamia, the course examines the cultural background and artistic merits of each of the so-called wonders and the reasons for its importance, both then and now. The primary cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world are studied in detail, especially the Greek, Egyptian, Persian, and Babylonian. The conquests of Alexander are discussed, along with the new cultural koine that resulted from the merging of the various Mediterranean cultures after his death. Finally, students will consider the lasting fascination with the seven wonders in today’s world
T 0530PM-0830PM
  • HIST110601