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CLAS 122.00 The Archaeology of Mediterranean Prehistory: From the Beginning to the Classical Age 6 credits

Open: Size: 30, Registered: 18, Waitlist: 0

Anderson Hall 121


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Synonym: 62260

Alex R Knodell

"Never say that prehistory is not history." The late Fernand Braudel had it right. Over 99 percent of human history predates the written word, and this course examines one of the world's most diverse, yet unifying environments--the Mediterranean Sea--from the earliest populations around its shores to the emergence of the Classical world of the Greeks and Romans. Neanderthals and modern humans, the first artists and farmers, multiculturalism among Greeks, Phoenicians, Etruscans, and others... These are some of the topics to be covered as we study the precursors and roots of what would become "Western" civilization.

CLAS 385.00 Islands in Time: Insular Life, Culture, and History in the Mediterranean World 6 credits

Open: Size: 15, Registered: 8, Waitlist: 0

Leighton 303


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Synonym: 61288

Alex R Knodell

The Mediterranean is a world of islands, par excellence. This is particularly true of the classical world, when island polities, sanctuaries, and destinations played crucial roles in several aspects of social life and cultural production. This seminar examines what’s special about islands and why and how they came to be places of such significance in the ancient Mediterranean. We will begin with some consideration of our sources and theories of insularity, then move into thematic and conceptual discussions of island biogeography and efflorescence; islands in myth and as political and religious spaces; and islands as strategic territories and connective nodes. Topics in the second part of the class will to a large extent be driven by student interests.

Prerequisite: At least two previous Classics courses or instructor consent

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