We will perform a detailed reading of the Aristotelian text, including careful translation. Apart from issues relevant to textual transmission, discussion of various commentaries and comparisons among different translations, we will also discuss the text in the context of fourth century BC poetic and philosophical discourses as well as performance practices. Reading of earlier poetic texts (with an emphasis on tragedy) will be included.
This course systematically compares the Han Empire and the Roman Empire in order to provide insight into the distinctive features of the empires as a political and social type. Topics examined will include geographic frames, the nature of the ruler, the role of the city, the form and function of military forces, religious aspects, legal codes, structures of kinship, and the relation of these states to the outside world.
What could ancient geography achieve? What could it? And why the gap between the two? This seminar is focused on understanding the goals and techniques of the ancient geographical sciences, spanning the spectrum between literature and mathematics. In ancient culture, how did space matter?
Required two-year sequence focusing on the origins, development, and interaction of Greek and Latin literature, history, and philosophy. Greek and Latin material taught in alternate years.
The archaeological study of Roman slavery has been severely limited by a focus on identifying the traces of slaves in the material record. This seminar explores a range of newer and more broadly conceived approaches to understanding slavery and slaves' experiences, including spatial analysis, bioarchaeology, epigraphy, visual imagery, and comparative archaeologies of slavery. Students will learn about the current state of research, work with different kinds of evidence and a range of methodologies, and develop original research projects of their own.
How have scholars used ancient texts and objects since the revival of the classical tradition? How did antiquarians study and depict objects and relate them to texts and reconstructions of the past? What changed and what stayed the same as humanist scholarship gave way to professional archaeologists, historians, and philologists? Focus is on key works in the history of classics, such as Erasmus and Winckelmann, in their scholarly, cultural, and political contexts, and recent critical trends in intellectual history and the history of disciplines.