2013 Spring/Summer Courses

Ancient Greek Civilization: Society, Archaeology, Literature, Philosophy: D. Yatromanolakis (Classics).  Undergraduate course.  The course will introduce students to major aspects of the ancient Greek civilization, with special emphasis placed upon culture, society, archaeology, literature, and philosophy.

Curating the Roman House: H. Valladares (Classics) and M. Nichols (W­alters Art Museum).  Graduate course.  In this seminar, students will be asked to develop an exhibition on the theme of the Roman House based on the holdings of the JHU Archaeological Museum and the Walters Art Museum. Guest lectures by Dr. Marden Nichols, Curator of Ancient Art at the Walters Art Museum. This course produced student-curated exhibitions and an online catalog.

Diplomacy and Conflict in the Ancient Middle East: J. Lauinger (Near Eastern Studies).  Undergraduate course. The Middle East is home to the invention of agriculture, cities, and writing. It is also in the Middle East that we find evidence of humanity’s earliest diplomatic activity in, for instance, the actual letters sent by ancient kings to one another, the treaties drawn up after their conflicts, and the inscriptions that commemorate their conquests. In this course, we examine texts such as these to explore questions such as: How do we characterize the international system of the ancient Middle East? Does this system change over the approximately two millennia for which we have documentation? Is it better to approach ancient diplomacy through present-day eyes or in the context of ancient world-views? Is an understanding of diplomacy in the ancient Middle East relevant to our understanding of modern international relations? All texts read in translation.

Discover Hopkins Health Studies: The Hospital: A. Puglionesi (History of Medicine).  Course for high school students.  You were probably born in one, will sooner or later find yourself being treated in one, and might just spend your career in one. This course will look at the history, economics, technology, and public policy debates surrounding the modern hospital. We will explore the hospital’s role in health care delivery in rural and urban settings, in medical schools, and in mental asylums and other specialized hospitals. Special attention will be paid to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, America’s top-ranked for 20 years and counting.

Drawing: The Portrait: C. Hankin (Art).  Undergraduate course.  Prereq: 371.131 or permission req’d An intensive look at the traditions and techniques of portrait drawing. Students work from live models in a variety of media and study master portraits by Holbein, Rembrandt, Ingres, Degas, etc. Trips to BMA Print & Drawing Room and JHU Archaeological Museum will enhance knowledge and appreciation of the history and traditions of portraiture.

Island Archaeology: The Social Worlds of Crete, Cyprus and the Cyclades: E. Anderson (Classics).  Undergraduate course. Islands present highly distinctive contexts for social life. We examine three island worlds of the third and second millennia BCE through their archaeological remains, each with its particularities. These are places where water had a unique and powerful meaning, where boat travel was part of daily life, where palaces flourished and where contact with other societies implied voyages of great distance across the sea. Class combines close study of material culture and consideration of island-specific interpretive paradigms; students work with artifacts in the JHU Archaeological Museum.

Elementary Latin: D. Houston (Classics).  Undergraduate course. Course provides comprehensive, intensive introduction to the study of Latin for new students as well as systematic review for students with background in Latin. The first semester’s emphasis is morphology and vocabulary; the second semester’s focus is syntax and reading.

Native American Art: L. Deleonardis (History of Art).  Undergraduate course.  Survey of the principle visual arts of North America (1500 BC – AD 1600). Introduction to interpretive theory and methodology. Collections study in local and regional museums. Cross-listed with Programs in Museums and Society, Archaeology, and PLAS.

Pilgrimage: Art and Anthropology.  M. Merback (History of Art).  Graduate course. Research paradigms and problems in the study of Christian pilgrimage, ca. 500-1500, and its relation to prevailing forms of visual culture, popular and elite. Topics include: the historical development of European cult forms and shifting conceptions of sanctity; articulations in the environmental poetics of pilgrimage shrines; case studies of miracle-cycles and votives, portable objects and pilgrimage devotionalia, and works of art thematizing the penitential, experiential, and therapeutic dynamisms of homo viator.

The Archaeology of Death, Burial and the Human Skeleton: C. Brinker (Near Eastern Studies).  Undergraduate course.  This course will introduce students to the archaeological investigation of past human populations through their mortuary and physical human remains. To this end, major theories and methodologies will be introduced, along with pertinent case studies for discussion.

The World of Pompeii: H. Valladares (Classics). Undergraduate course.  This course will focus on the history and archaeology of Pompeii. Close attention will also be paid to the reception of Pompeian materials in European and American culture. Cross-listed with History of Art and the Program in Museums and Society.

Tombs for the Living: L. Deleonardis (History of Art).  Undergraduate course.  Centering on the tomb as a unit of analysis, this course examines how death and funerary ritual reflect the cultural values of the living and are an active force in shaping them. Drawing on case studies from Mesoamerica and the Andes we consider various approaches to entombment and funerary ritual.