ARTH 708: SEMINAR IN ANCIENT ART HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY: Alexander and After: The Visual Culture of the Hellenistic World

Professor Marjorie Venit
1211-B Art Sociology Building
(301) 405-1481
venit@umd.edu

Office Hours: By appointment


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COURSE GOALS

2) to become familiar with the material culture of the Hellenistic world and its variations and similarities across time and space

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


COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for completion of the course with credit:

1) short class presentations of readings to initiate class discussion 

2) one long (60 – 90 minute) Seminar report that provides the class with the background for your subject, explores your subject, and includes original ideas and interpretations of your subject; and participation in discussions

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)

5) a Seminar paper that incorporates the research and the conclusions of your seminar report and that expands the conference paper. It should be structured in the form of an article (with appropriate citations, bibliography, etc.) suitable for inclusion in a book of refereed papers.


GRADING

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.


Last modified: August 22, 2009