1) to think about the interactions of peoples and cultural artifacts (e.g., religion, political organization, aesthethic choice, etc.) in the ancient world and the relevance of modern theories (e.g., globalization, [inter]nationalism) in relation to them
2) to use monuments of material culture in order to contribute original thoughts on how the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean (and beyond) responded to the new reality of an extended world view
Requirements for completion of the course with credit:
1) short class presentations
of readings to initiate class discussion
3) a 15-minute Conference paper
4)an Abstract for
the conference paper that gives the paper's title, your name,
the thesis of your paper, and the paper's conclusions (ca. 200 words)
Your semester grade will be calculated as follows:
50% The quality of your classwork including short presentations, participation in discussion, and the presentation of your Seminar Report and Conference paper.
50% The quality of your Abstract and (of much greater importance) your Seminar Paper, which includes its completeness, coherence, strength of argument, relevant bibliography, and careful documentation.