Instructor: Professor John F. Cherry Teaching Assistant

Provisional Course Outline

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Provisional Course Outline:

Week 1

January 25 Introduction to the syllabus, wiki site, class goals, etc.

January 27 General orientation to the concept of the Seven Wonders

Week 2

January 30 Lists

February 1 Wonders

February 3 Wonder-lists, ancient and modern

Week 3: The Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt)

February 6 Death and kingship in ancient Egypt

February 8 Guest Lecture: Prof. Laurel Bestock

February 10 Herodotus, Greeks, Egyptians, and imagining “the other”

Week 4: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Iraq)

February 13 Babylon: the city and its wondrous walls

February 15 Guest Lecture: Prof. Ömür Harmansah

February 17 Gardens and paradises in the ancient world. Quiz #1

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

February 20 Brown Long Weekend — no class

February 22 The panhellenic sanctuary at Olympia and its games

February 24 Pheidias, chryselephantine statuary, and the statue of Zeus

Week 6: The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Turkey)

February 27 Lydians, Persians, Greeks, Carians [Lecture by TA]

February 29 Guest Lecture: Dr. Felipe Rojas

March 2 Asiatic dynasts, “big men,” and their propaganda

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

March 5 Ephesus: the city, its cults, and processions

March 7 Guest Lecture: Dr. Felipe Rojas

March 9 Video extracts: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Quiz #2

Week 8: The Colossus of Rhodes (Greece)

March 12 Colossus: the history of an idea

March 14 Technologies of colossus-building

March 16 Seafaring, travel, and tourism in the ancient world

Week 9: The Pharos of Alexandria (Egypt)

March 19 The founding of Alexandria and the construction of the Pharos

March 21 Guest Lecture: Dr. Christoph Bachhuber

March 23 Video: Treasures of the Sunken City (NOVA [PBS], 1997)

Week 10

Brown Spring Break — no classes on March 26, 28, and 30

Week 11

April 2 The Seven Wonders and the Alexander the Great connection

April 4 Medieval and Renaissance fantasies

April 6 Artistic imaginings. Quiz #3

Week 12

April 9 Other ancient wonders (student presentations) - I

April 11 Other ancient wonders (student presentations) - II

April 13 Other ancient wonders (student presentations) - III

Week 13

April 16 Modern Wonders-lists, and the 2006-7 global vote

April 18 Prof. Cherry away. No class; work on term papers

April 20 Prof. Cherry away. No class; work on term papers

Week 14

April 23 Reports/discussion of progress with term papers

April 25 Review of class for Final Exam [led by TA]

April 27 – May 7 Reading Period


May 8 – 18 Exam period


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