Clas 1120Q / arch 1707 The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Spring Semester 2014



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CLAS 1120Q / ARCH 1707

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Spring Semester 2014
SYLLABUS
Class: MWF 2-2:50 pm, Room 108 Rhode Island Hall

Instructor: Professor John F. Cherry

Teaching Assistant: Stephany Hull

Phone: 863-6412; e-mails: john_cherry@brown.edu; stephany_hull@brown.edu

Office Hours: Cherry, Tuesday 2-4 pm, Room 105, Rhode Island Hall

Office Hours: Hull, Wednesday 3-5 pm, Foyer, Rockefeller Library

Class wiki site: http://proteus.brown.edu/sevenwonders2014/home

Course Description:

Everyone has heard of the Seven Wonders of the World,” wrote Philo of Byzantium two millennia ago, and it’s still true today. But what is a “Wonder”? And why seven of them? Why make such a list anyway, then or now? This class will use ancient texts, explorers’ accounts, and archaeological investigations to travel through several thousand years of history in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern world. We will consider how the Seven Wonders captured past imaginations; the aura of technological achievements; the intersections of history, memory, invention, and myth; and how members of one culture view another culture’s monuments.



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