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Seminars and Course Itineraries

No two students will find themselves pursuing exactly the same course itineraries. Nevertheless, there are some anchors around which those itineraries can be arranged. All course choices are made in consultation with the Graduate Chair. In addition to courses in fields connected to the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East (e.g., in Classical StudiesNear Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World), we also strongly encourage students to explore courses in other fields and other disciplines, which will extend and enhance their capacity to ask scholarly questions about the ancient world, such as AnthropologyHistory of ArtReligious StudiesHistoryEnvironmental StudiesPhilosophy, or Political Science.

A sense of the range of possible courses of study can be obtained from the following examples of course itineraries, grouped according to the broad field of interest:

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Latin Historical Documents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 
Hellenistic Imperial Historiog
Advanced Greek Survey
Caesar Judaism/Christianity among Greeks and Romans
Problems in Roman History Biblical Hebrew Center/Region Anc Med 
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