A study of a specific topic in Mediterranean archaeology. Recent courses have treated such topics as Pompeii, the Archaeology of North Africa, and the Archaeology of Israel. May be repeated for credit with topic changes. Information on upcoming topics courses can be found on the department web page.
Fall Semester informationPedar Foss
Early in the afternoon of 24 August, AD 79, Mt. Vesuvius exploded, and wiped off the map a series of towns and villas situated along the fertile coast of the Bay of Naples in Italy. In a touch of irony, that same disaster preserved the remains of its unfortunate victims to an extraordinary degree. This class examines the site of Pompeii (and its neighbors in the Bay of Naples: Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabiae, etc.) as foundational to the disciplines of art history and classical archaeology. As the oldest continuously-excavated site in the world, Pompeii has been a laboratory for our understanding of the ancient Roman world as well as for the theories, techniques and approaches used in developing that understanding. This class studies both the sites themselves for what they can tell us about daily Roman life, and also the history of their discovery and the dissemination of objects and knowledge throughout Europe and America.