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
Medieval Art and Architecture of the Holy Land
ART 207/MED 207/HLS 207
Focuses on medieval art and architecture in the political and religious contexts of the Middle East. The three monotheistic religions claimed territories (i.e. Jerusalem) for cult practices. The situation resulted in military conflicts which introduced Western Medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic art in the Holy Land. The political conflicts in the region today are rooted in the complex situation of the medieval period. The Roman, Arab, Byzantine, and crusader invasions led to the creation of eclectic styles that characterize the region. We discuss concepts behind political and religious leadership, as they intersect with the power of the arts.
Nino Zchomelidse Class: 11:00 am – 11:50 am MW
The Greek World in the Hellenistic Age
CLA 217 /HIS 217 /HLS 217
The Greek experience from Alexander the Great through Cleopatra. An exploration of the dramatic expansion of the Greek world into Egypt and the Near East brought about by the conquests and achievements of Alexander. Study of the profound political, social, and intellectual changes that stemmed from the interaction of the cultures, and the entrance of Greece into the sphere of Rome. Readings include history, biography, and inscriptions.
Marc Domingo Gygax Class: 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm MW
Rituals, Songs, and Stories: Balkan and East European Oral Traditions
COM 236 /SLA 236 /HLS 236 /ANT 236 /NES 234
This course explores oral traditions and oral literary genres (in English translation) of the Balkan and
East European world, both past and present. Topics include traditional rituals (life-cycle and seasonal) and the music and song associated with them, contemporary forms of traditional and popular culture, and oral traditional narrative: prose (folktale and legend) and poetry (epic and ballad). Discussion and analysis will focus on the roles and meanings of Balkan and East European oral traditions as forms of expressive culture.
Margaret H. Beissinger Lecture: 1:30 pm-2:50 TTh
Introduction to Postclassical Greek from the Late Antique to the Byzantine Era
CLG 240/HLS 240
This course surveys the genres of post classical literature, many of which proved decisive for the formation of Christian identity in its reckoning with pagan society and the prosperity of Greek in the Byzantine middle ages. Texts will be read in Greek and students will learn to negotiate the various registers of post classical Greek.
Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis Class: 3:00-4:20 pm TTh
Aristotle and His Successors
PHI 301 /HLS 302
We shall study Aristotle's contributions in logic, natural philosophy, metaphysics, and ethics, with emphasis on the ongoing philosophical interest of some of his central insights. We shall compare some of Aristotle's views with those of some of his successors, Hellenistic and beyond.
Benjamin C. Morison Class: 10:00 – 10:50 am T Th
Topics in Ancient History: Ancient Sparta: Myth and Reality
CLA 327 /HIS 327 /HLS 327
Ancient sources describe Sparta as a military camp where luxury and wealth were despised, where women had equal rights with men, where children were subjected to a grueling state-run education, and where all citizens lived on terms of complete political and social equality. Moreover, the Greeks believed that one person created this near utopian society, the lawgiver Lycurgus. The purpose of this seminar is to distinguish image from reality and fact from fiction in an attempt to arrive at a better understanding of what life in Sparta was actually like. We will conclude by examining the reception of Sparta in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Michael A. Flower Class: 11:00 am-12:20 TTh
Communication and the Arts: The Battle of the Books:
Culture Wars in Early Modern Europe
ECS 331 /HIS 430 /COM 350 /HLS 332
This course will focus on a major intellectual controversy of the 17th and 18th centuries known as the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns. Through close readings of seminal texts we will address issues pertaining to the historical significance of the Quarrel, its sociopolitical implications, and the role it played in the cultural and scientific evolution of early modern Europe. We will approach the Quarrel as a critical moment in the prehistory of modernity that resulted in a redefinition of concepts such as mimesis and originality, tradition and innovation, decline and progress.
Anthony T. Grafton, Nikolaos Panou Class: 1:30 – 4:20 pm T
The Civilization of the Early Middle Ages
HIS 343 /CLA 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 the successor 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 the social and political frameworks of Europe.
Helmut Reimitz Class: 11:00 – 11:50 am MW
Special Topics in Film History: Classical Myths, Sites, and Rites in Cinema
VIS 344 /HLS 364
This seminar explores the ways in which the cinema has responded to classical Hellenic literature and culture, the Greek landscape, and ancient philosophy. There will be extensive readings of Greek works in translation. Because of the difficulty of obtaining some (but not all) of the films for this course, some screenings will be projected DVD or Videotape. Participants in the seminar will be invited to apply for a limited number of Hellenic Studies grants to attend the Temenos screening in Greece, June 29-July1, 2012.
P. Adams Sitney Seminar: S01 1:30-4:20 pm T
F01 7:30-10:20 pm M
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 F. Haldon Lecture: L01 11:00-11:50 am TTh
The Apostle Paul in Text and Context: His Letters, His Communities, and His Interpreters
REL 355 /HLS 356
In this seminar we will: 1) study the New Testament letters of the apostle Paul in their first-century
context and their earliest interpretations; and 2) explore recent trends in Pauline scholarship,
including the New Perspective. We will pay special attention to archaeological finds from the Pauline
cities, which help us understand better the cultural, political, and religious milieu in which the
letters were received and read. In the Spring break (March 15-25) the class will travel to Greece and
visit the archaeological sites of the cities with early Christ-communities and other important or relevant sites.
AnneMarie Luijendijk Seminar: S01 1:30-4:20 pm W
Cultures of Enchantment
ART 382 /HLS 382
Between the 3rd and 10th centuries, the superpowers of the early medieval world - Byzantium on one side and Sasanian Iran and later the Islamic caliphate on the other - were locked in a lethal struggle for domination and survival. The ongoing wars, diplomatic contacts and trade were instrumental in shaping cultural identities and political ideologies on the two sides. Furthermore, both blocks mobilized the visual and performative arts in an effort to assert power within their own realms and project themselves as superior to their enemies.
Thomas F. Leisten, Jelena Trkulja Class: S01 1:30 pm T
Seminar in Political Theory: Greece and Rome as Political Models
POL 411 /CLA 411 /HLS 411
What political models do ancient Athens, Sparta, and Rome represent, and how have these models been interpreted and used in the subsequent history of political thought? Half of this course is devoted to understanding the political institutions of ancient Greece and Rome by reading major historical writers of the time such as Thucydides, Livy, and Plutarch, as well as modern scholars. The other half explores the significance of Greece and Rome for political theory, including case studies of authors such as Machiavelli, Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, and modern democratic theorists.
Melissa S. Lane Seminar: 1:30 – 4:20 pm W
The Transition from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages: The Numismatic Evidence
ART 414 /CLA 414 /HLS 414
Coin evidence provides a unique view of the transition from the height of the Roman and Parthian Empires in the first centuries CE through the development of distinctly Latin, Byzantine, and Islamic zones by the end of the eighth century. The coin finds from Princeton's Antioch excavations will supply a test case for this transition and a point of comparison for other sites. Attention will be given to cases where the numismatic evidence of change and identity varies from that supplied by written, archaeological, and other visual sources. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students; no previous numismatic training is required.
Alan M. Stahl Class: 7:30-10:20 T
ART 440 /HLS 441
"Renaissance Collecting: Art, Wonder and Knowledge, 1400-1650" explores collecting in Europe via the study of primary sources and modern theories about possessing, consuming and gift giving things. Princes, noblewomen, emperors, naturalists and artists alike acquired art, flora, fauna, ethnographicaand exotica for diverse collecting spaces such as studioli and kunst and wunderkammern. These collections transcended the traditions of medieval treasuries, developed out of modes of categorization derived from antiquity, and ultimately became the foundation for the rise of the museum in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Lia R. Markey Seminar: 1:30 pm-4:20 Th
Special Topics in Computer Science: Modeling the Past
Technologies and Excavations in Polis, Cyprus
COS 495 / ART 495 / HLS 495
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 a short film and web materials to accompany an exhibition, City of Gold, to be held in the Princeton University Art Museum from October 20, 2012 to January 6, 2013.
Szymon M. Rusinkiewicz, Joanna S. Smith Lecture: 1:30 – 4:20 PM M