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We believe that seminars are the cornerstone of graduate education. Seminars allow students from different years to communicate both with faculty and with each other, to create a productive working dialogue. Seminars provide students’ first and most important opportunity to practice many of the skills that will prove essential to them in the profession, when they will have to produce conference papers, lectures, academic books and articles, and classroom presentations. Skills practiced in the seminar environment include the ability to communicate in a clear and engaging way with students and colleagues, the ability to present ideas, both through class presentations and through seminar papers, and the ability to respond constructively to challenges and alternative perspectives.

Problems in Ancient History Seminars

Each year, faculty in the Graduate Group offer seminars exploring historiographical problems in the history of the various states and societies of the ancient world. These Problems in Ancient History seminars cover topics and debates that a scholar must grapple with in order to claim a specialization in a particular ancient society. Topics might include:

  • Problems in Archaic and Classical History
  • Problems in Hellenistic History
  • Problems in Roman Imperial History
  • Problems in Near Eastern History
  • Problems in Egyptian History
  • Problems in Late Antique and Early Medieval History

Methods in Ancient History Seminars 

Each year, two faculty members in the Graduate Group collaborate to present a Methods Seminar, engaging with problems of method, approach, and evidence that span several states and societies of the ancient world in an explicitly comparative manner. Topics vary from year to year, according to the combination of faculty interests, but might deal with:

  • Law and Legal Systems
  • Ancient Economies
  • City and Country
  • Empire and Imperialism
  • Religion and Sacred Space