Courses in Hellenic Studies
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Pottery: Archaeology, Art, and Technology
Elementary Modern Greek II
HLS 102/MOG 102
A continuation of HLS 101, aiming to develop skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing modern Greek in a cultural context. Classroom activities include videos, comprehension and grammar exercises, and discussions.
Staff (Class: 11:00-11:50 am MTWTh)
Advanced Modern Greek
HLS 107/MOG 107
Advanced composition and oral practice aimed at developing idiomatic written and spoken style. Discussions are entirely in Greek. Introduces students to contemporary Greek culture and literature through the study of works by Cavafy, Sikelianos, Seferis, Elytis, Ritsos, and Anagnostakis, among others. Readings from articles on current Greek topics.
Staff (Class: 12:30-1:20 pm MTWTh)
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
PHI 205/CLA 205/HLS 208
This course discusses the ideas and arguments of major ancient Greek philosophers and thereby introduces students to the history and continued relevance of the first centuries of western philosophy. Topics include the rise of cosmological speculation, the beginnings of philosophical ethics, Plato's moraltheory and epistemology, Aristotle's philosophy of nature, metaphysics and ethics. The course ends with a survey of philosophical activity in the Hellenistic period.
Hendrik Lorenz (Class: 11:00-11:50am MW)
The World of Late Antiquity
HIS 210/HLS 210
This course will focus on the history of the later Roman Empire, a period which historians often refer toas "Late Antiquity." We will begin our class in pagan Rome at the start of the third century and end it in Baghdad in the ninth century: in between these two points, the Mediterranean world experienced aseries of cultural and political revolutions whose reverberations can still be felt today. We will witness civil wars, barbarian invasions, the triumph of Christianity over paganism, the fall of the Western Empire, the rise of Islam, the Greco-Arabic translation movement and much more.
Jack Tannous (Lecture: 2:30-3:20 pm MW)
Early Christian Women: From Mary Magdalene to Martyred Mothers
REL 253/GGS 253/HLS 253
In this course we explore early Christian women as preachers, prophets, martyrs, mothers, and virgins. You will develop sophisticated reading skills by studying and interpreting a wide variety of early Christian texts and evidence from the material world (frescoes, papyrus letters). We meet, among others, Chloe, Jesus' mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Thecla, and Perpetua and Felicitas. Questions we will investigate are: How did male Christian authors view the position of women in their communities? What can we extract historically about women? How do ancient debates relate to contemporary issues on gender and religion?
AnneMarie Luijendijk (Class: 1:30-2:50 pm TTh)
The Formation of Christian Art
ART 316/CLA 213/HLS 316
Art in late antiquity has often been characterized as an art in decline, but this judgment is relative, relying on standards formulated for art of other periods. Challenging this assumption, we will examine the distinct and powerful transformations within the visual culture of the period between the third and sixth centuries AD. This period witnesses the mutation of the institutions of the Roman Empire into those of the Christian Byzantine Empire. The fundamental change in religious identity that was the basis for this development directly impacted the art from that era that will be the focus of this course.
Charles E. Barber (Lecture: 11:00 am – 12:20 pm TTh)
Christianity Along the Silk Road
NES 325/HIS 338/HLS 323
Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic very similar to the language spoken by Jesus in first-century Palestine. Aramaic-speaking Christians in the Near East soon adopted Syriac as their literary language; by the early fourteenth century, Syriac Christianity spread from the western Mediterranean to China. In this seminar we shall be exploring the origins of Syriac Christianity in the Near East and its spread along the Silk Road before 1500.
Emmanuel Papoutsakis (Lecture: 1:30-2:50 pm MW)
Religion and Philosophy in the Roman Empire
CLA 333/HLS 333/Phi 331
This course aims to introduce students to the intellectual world of late antiquity, a period of the history of Western cultural development that was, contrary to common belief, far more formative and influential than the cherished classical or Hellenistic periods. Participants will study texts that exemplify the way in which elite discourses of rationality first developed in the context of the Greek polis collided with the religious experiences and sentiments of eastern ethnic groups to create an entirely new paradigm of human existence.
Christian Wildberg (Lecture: 1:30-2:50 pm TTh)
Greek Ethical Theory
PHI 335/CHV 335/HLS 338
We shall study the ethical theories and contributions to moral philosophy of Socrates, Plato, Aristotleand the Hellenistic philosophers.
Sari Kisilevsky (Class: 11:00-11:50 am MW)
Civilization of the Early Middle Ages
HIS 343/HLS 343
This course will survey the "Dark Ages" from the end of the Roman Empire to the end of the first millennium (ca. 400-1000 AD), often seen as a time of cultural and political decline, recently even labelled as the "end of civilization". The complex political and social landscape of the Roman Empire, however, had more to offer than just to end. This course will outline how early medieval people(s) in thesuccessor states of the Roman Empire used its resources to form new communities and will suggest to understand the "Dark Ages" as a time of lively social and cultural experimentation, that created thesocial and political frameworks of Europe.
Helmut Reimits (Class: 10:00-10:50 am TTh)
Ancient Greco-Roman Medicine: From Hippocrates to Galen
CLA 345/HLS 344
This course is for undergraduates from all backgrounds with an interest in ancient Greco-Roman medicine and the historical roots of contemporary biomedicine. We will examine how a medical tradition forms around the body as an object of knowledge and therapy, paying close attention to socio-historical context. We also explore issues that remain relevant to medicine, such as the construction of scientific authority, pain and knowledge, error and chance in medicine, narrative and disease, the "naturalization" of cultural categories, the privileging of anatomy, and body-mind interaction. Reading from primary and secondary sources in translation.
Brooke Holmes (Lecture: 3:00-4:20 pm TTh)
Transformation of the Ancient World: Byzantium 500-1200
HIS 355/HLS 355
This course introduces the history and culture of Byzantium, with some material on the medieval European world to the West and the Islamic states to the East. We will focus on the development of Byzantine society and economy, on how the state worked, and how Byzantium related to its neighbors to both the West and the East. Why did the eastern Roman empire survive the barbarian invasions of the fifth and sixth centuries? How was the state ruled and by whom? How did it deal with the powerful Islamic states to the East? How and why did the Byzantines arouse the hostility and suspicion of the medieval West and the papacy?
John Haldon (Lecture: 11:00 am-12:20 pm TTh)
History of the Balkans
HIS 358 /HLS 358
Southeastern Europe has always possessed a distinct regional identity. To say "the Balkans" is to conjure up a place that, while part of Europe, seems somehow apart from European history. What is it that has given southeastern Europe its distinctiveness? In this course we will answer that question by exploring the historical experience of the area stretching from Hungary to Crete, and from the Adriatic to Istanbul. We will start in the medieval period and take the story up until the twentieth century.
Molly Greene (Lecture: 1:30-2:50 pm TTh)
Re: Staging the Greeks
THR 365/HLS 365
Re:Staging the Greeks, a collaboration between the Theater Program of the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Program in Hellenic Studies, will begin with this acting/directing workshop investigating how to stage ancient Greek plays on the contemporary stage. On Wednesdays, we will study some of the plays, the contexts in which they were first performed, and approaches taken by theater directors over the last few decades. On Fridays, we'll be on our feet, exploring the play's performative possibilities for ourselves.
Greek and Roman Portraits
ART 411/HLS 413
An undergraduate/graduate seminar devoted to this history of portraiture in the Greek and Roman world. Emphasis will be given to artistic matters as opposed to issues of identity. Many of the seminar's sessions will be held in the Princeton University Art Museum, which holds a wide variety of examples. Course will also include a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to study additional works.
Michael Koortbojian (Seminar: 1:30-4:20 pm Th)
Venice and the Mediterranean World
HIS 421/HLS 421
Venice, from unpromising beginnings on a marshy lagoon, succeeded in becoming a major commercial and territorial power that by the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance sought to rival the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and dominate much of the Mediterranean world. This seminar will look at the development of both the city itself and its empire - the stato da mar stretching from the Adriatic to the Aegean and Libyan Seas - against a backdrop of conflict and exchange between Christians, Muslims and Jews. We shall learn about political, social and economic history, but also about art, architecture and literature. During the spring break registered students will take a required study trip to the Island of Crete in Greece.
Teresa Shawcross (Seminar 1:30-4:20 pm M)
Special Topics in Computer Science: Modeling the Past:
Digital Tech, and Excavations in Polis Cyprus
COS 496/HLS 496
This course will bring together students in Computer Science and Art & Archaeology to explore how digital technologies assist in the analysis and exhibition of ancient artifacts. Students will use 3D modeling tools to reconstruct virtual buildings based on excavations at Polis, Cyprus, and will populate the buildings with scanned 3D models. The course project will be to prepare website materials for the excavation project.
Szymon M. Rusinkiewicz, Joanna S. Smith ( Lecture: 1:30-4:20 pm M)
John M. Cooper (Seminar: 12:15-3:05 pm T)
Problems in Greek Literature: The Life of Apollonius of Tyana
Reception Studies has been one of the main growth areas of Classics in the last two decades. This course offers an introduction to the situation of Reception Studies by way of looking at the history of Classics itself as a modern, institutionalized discipline. Examples, covering the late eighteenth to the late twentieth century are drawn from Germany, England and America, with regard to their specific, and sometimes linked, practices. The course combines readings in cultural and intellectual history with examining actual interpretations of ancient materials, works and authors as offered by classical scholarship.
Alan Stahl (Seminar: 9:00-11:50 am Th)
COURSES OF INTEREST
Odysseys: Exile and Migration in the Global Literary Imagination
This course takes a cross-cultural and cross-temporal approach to the questions of exile and migration, following their depiction across centuries and continents in novels, stories, poems, and essays from both East and West. We will read classic works alongside contemporary novels, and narratives of homecoming alongside narratives of no return, always looking closely at the concepts of home, identity, language, and memory. As exile is a major theme of literature throughout the ages, this course serves as an excellent introduction to comparative literature and world literature more generally.
Lital Levy (Class: 1:30-2:50 pm MW)
European Politics and Society in the 20th Century
EPS 300/POL 384
The course aims to cover the critical developments of twentieth-century Europe and the consolidation of democracy in European countries. It will deal with the legacy of the two world wars, Nazism, Stalinism, the Cold War, the legacy of colonialism and decolonization, the birth and development of the European Community, the development of the welfare state, the problems confronting the European Union (immigration, enlargement, political institutions, military role, and the single currency), and the varieties of democratic institutions in Europe.
Ute Mehnert and Ezra N. Suleiman (Lecture: 11:00am-12:20pm TTh)
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