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

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Provisional Course Outline:

Week 1

January 22 Introduction to the syllabus, wiki site, class goals, etc.

January 24 General orientation to the concept of the Seven Wonders

Week 2

January 27 Lists

January 29 Wonders

January 31 Wonder-lists, ancient and modern

Week 3: The Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt)

February 3 Introduction to pyramids and the Giza plateau

February 5 Guest Lecture: Prof. Laurel Bestock: Death and kingship in ancient Egypt

February 7 Herodotus, Greeks, Egyptians, and imagining “the other” SWE #1 due.

Week 4: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Iraq)

February 10 Babylon: the city and its wondrous walls:

February 12 Guest Lecture: Müge Durusu-Tanriöver: Gardens and paradises in the ancient world.

February 14 Quiz #1. Not Babylon?

Week 5: The Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Greece)

February 17 Brown Long Weekend February 15-18 — no class

February 19 The panhellenic sanctuary at Olympia and its games

February 21 Pheidias, chryselephantine statuary, and the statue of Zeus

Week 6: The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Turkey)

February 24 Lydians, Persians, Greeks, Carians [Lecture by T.A.]

February 26 Guest Lecture: Prof. Felipe Rojas: Wonder, the monuments of Anatolia, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassos

February 28 Reconstructions, copies, and dynastic portraiture SWE #2 due.

Week 7: The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (Turkey)

March 3 Ephesus: the city, the goddess, and her cults and processions

March 5 The architecture of the Artemision and competitive temple-building

March 7 Quiz #2. Video extracts: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Week 8: The Colossus of Rhodes (Greece)

March 10 Colossus: the history of an idea

March 12 Guest Lecture: Prof. Felipe Rojas: Technologies of colossus-building

March 14 From Colossus to Colosseum

Week 9: The Pharos of Alexandria (Egypt)

March 17 The founding of Alexandria and the construction of the Pharos

March 19 Alexandrine Culture (Lecture by TA)

March 21 Video: Treasures of the Sunken City (NOVA [PBS], 1997) SWE #3 due.

Week 10

Brown Spring Recess March 22-30 — no classes on March 24, 26, or 28

Week 11

March 31 The Seven Wonders and the Alexander the Great connection

April 2 Visualizing lost wonders in Medieval and Renaissance times

April 4 Artistic imaginings. Quiz #3

Week 12

April 7 Other ancient wonders (student presentations) - I

April 9 Other ancient wonders (student presentations) - II

April 11 Other ancient wonders (student presentations) - III

Week 13

April 14 Modern Wonders-lists; the 2006-7 global vote Term paper abstract due.

April 16 No class; work on term papers

April 18 No class; work on term papers

Week 14

April 21 Reports/discussion of progress with term papers

April 23 Review of class for Final Exam (with TA)

April 25 – May 6 Reading Period


May 7—16 Final Exam Period

May 13 FINAL EXAM (2:00-4:00 pm)

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