2011 Spring/Summer Courses

Advanced Aramaic: T. Lewis (Near Eastern Studies) This graduate seminar considered the study of Aramaic texts and included a project focusing on the translation of an unpublished incantation bowl fragment in the museum collection.  Click here for this object story.

Archaeology: Discovering Our Past: S. McCarter (Near Eastern Studies/Odyssey Course)  This course introduces students to the role archaeology has played in the construction of human history. We will learn how archaeologists work and see how this is different from the Indiana Jones adventures in the movies. Students will discover how archaeologists locate, excavate, and decipher sites and their artifacts.

Archaeology of Daily Life: H. Valladares (Classics) This course examined objects of daily life from the Greco-Roman world in the Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Museum. Students collaborated on an online catalogue, featuring their research. It was cross-listed with History of Art, Near Eastern Studies, and Museums and Society.

Art and Religion in the Roman World: P. L. Tucci (Classics) This course explores the relationships between Roman art and religion through a survey of key topics and issues, from the archaic period to late antiquity. It provides an introduction into how to use and analyze both textual and material evidence as sources for understanding Roman society. Temples, altars, public and private buildings, reliefs, statues, sarcophagi, paintings, mosaics, coins, metal-ware, glass and pottery, all get increasingly complex and interesting as the Roman world developed and are important forms of evidence for political, intellectual, social and economical life.

Elementary Latin: L. Garofolo and D. Dooley (Classics) This 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. Credit is given only upon completion of a year’s work.

Emergence of Civilizations: G. Schwartz (Near Eastern Studies) This course is a comparative study of the origins of urban, literate civilizations in five culture areas: Mesopotamia, China, the Indus Valley, Egypt, and Mesoamerica. For each area, we will review the physical setting, the archaeological and textual evidence for the development of states and urban civilization, and theories advanced to explain the rise (and eventual collapse) of these complex societies.

The Grandeur that was Rome: E. Schwinge (Classics)   At the peak of its power, the Roman empire extended from Scotland to Syria, incorporating numerous cultures, attitudes, and lifestyles. This course examines Roman social practices, political institutions, and religion from the empire’s humble beginnings through its final period, using a wide variety of materials including drama, poetry, history, and oratory.

Greek Vases in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum: A. Shapiro (Classics)  This seminar updated the scholarship on selected vases in the collection published since the 1984 catalog and generated detailed labels to accompany the new installation.  Click here for these labels.

Introduction to Museum practice: S. Balachandran (Near Eastern Studies)  Taking the JHU Archaeological Museum as a case study and working closely with its holdings, we discuss the principles and practice of managing and preserving museum collections. This class fulfills M&S Practicum credit and is cross-listed with History of Art, Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies, and Classics.

Introduction to the Museum: Issues and Ideas: E. Rodini (History of Art & Program in Museums and Society)  This course considers the practical, political, and ethical challenges facing museums today, including the impact of technology and globalization, economic pressures, and debates over the ownership and interpretation of culture. It is cross-listed with History of Art and Anthropology

Roman Civilization: M. Sullivan (Classics)  This course examines important social, political, and cultural developments in the ancient Roman world, primarily through a study of literary texts, from Rome’s beginnings as a small city-state to the high empire.