2011 Fall Courses

Ancient Egyptian Civilization: B. Bryan (Near Eastern Studies) Introduction to the monuments and culture of Egypt from 3500 B.C. to 100 A.D. From the pyramids at Giza to Hellenistic Alexandria, this course surveys in slide illustrated lectures the remains of one of the world’s greatest early cultures.

Archaeology at the Crossroads: E. Anderson (Classics) Limited to Freshmen, this seminar investigates the Eastern Mediterranean as a space of intense cultural interaction in the Late Bronze Age, exploring how people, ideas, and things not only came into contact but deeply influenced one another through maritime trade, art, politics, etc. In addition to class discussion, we will work hands-on with artifacts from the JHU Archaeological Museum, focusing on material from Cyprus. This class is cross-listed with Museums and Society and Near Eastern Studies.

Art of the Ancient Americas: L. Deleonardis (History of Art) This class surveys the art of Olmec, West Mexico, Teotihuacan, Maya, and Aztec.

Critical Issues in Art Conservation: S. Balachandran (Near Eastern Studies) This course examines recent controversies in the conservation of major global art works and sites, raising questions concerning the basic theoretical assumptions, practical methods and ethical implications of art conservation. It is cross-Listed with History of Art and Anthropology

Elementary Latin: E. Schwinge and D. Piana (Classics)  This courses involves teaching the fundamentals of Latin and included a visit to the Archaeological Museum to examine Latin funerary inscriptions in the museum’s collection.

Expository Writing: Politics, Archaeology, and the Uses of the Past: A. Maskevich (Near Eastern Studies) This course teaches students the concepts and strategies of academic argument. Students learn to analyze and evaluate sources, to develop their thinking with evidence, and to use analysis to write clear and persuasive arguments. Each section focuses on its own intellectually stimulating topic or theme, but the central subject of all sections is using analysis to create arguments.

Faience Amulets from the Eton College Collection: B. Bryan (Near Eastern Studies) This course looks at faience amulets from the Eton Collection, with graduate students cataloguing these objects.

History of Roman Art and Architecture: P. Tucci (Classics) This course explores the principal forms and contexts in which art and architecture developed in the Roman world. It surveys Roman art and architecture from the foundation of the city of Rome – against the background of the Etruscan tradition – to the divergent trends of late antiquity, including the interaction between Rome and the provinces of the empire. Overall the course encourages critical thinking about the purpose of studying art and architecture as a tool for understanding the Roman world, and provides an introduction into how to use visual and material evidence as a historical source.

Materials Characterization: P. McGuiggan (Materials Science and Engineering) This course will describe a variety of techniques used to characterize the structure and composition of engineering materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and semiconductors.  As part of the practical training for this course, students were offered samples from archaeological objects in the museum collection to identify and characterize using a variety of analytical techniques.

Proseminar in Classical Philology: M. Roller (Classics) As part of this graduate course, students translated Latin funerary inscriptions in the museum’s collection.