Graduate Seminars

Each year, the Department offers a range of seminars for graduate students in Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, and Religious Studies. The following pages offer an overview of past and present graduate student seminars.

2017-2018

CLST 501: Topography and Monuments of Athens

Term 1, Thurs, 11am-2pm (Room TBA)

A study of the topography and monuments of ancient Athens from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity.

CLST 502: Topography and Monuments of Rome

Dr. Matthew McCarty
Term 2, Tues, 2pm-5pm (BUCH C203)

A study of the topography and monuments of ancient Rome from the Iron Age to Late Antiquity.

CLST 518A: The Archaeology of Ancient Cyprus

Dr. Kevin Fisher

Term 2, MW, 4-5:30pm (Room TBA)

An in-depth look at the fascinating past of the island of Cyprus—the legendary birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. This course examines the development of Cypriot society from the island’s initial colonization in the 10th millennium BCE through the period of its rule as a province of the Roman Empire in the 4th century CE. We’ll explore a number of themes: new discoveries that are revolutionizing our understanding of the Cypriot Neolithic and the role of Cyprus in the origins and spread of agriculture in the Near East; Cyprus’s rapid transformation from an insular, village-based and largely egalitarian society, to an urbanized “civilization” during the Late Bronze Age; Cyprus’s role in the Late Bronze Age “world system”, in which various societies of the eastern Mediterranean and Near East were increasingly interconnected through trade, warfare, and diplomacy; the emergence and growth of city kingdoms during the early Iron Age, Archaic and Classical periods and the growing influences of Greek and Phoenician culture; the role of domination and resistance as Cyprus fell under the control of a succession of empires (Persian, Ptolemaic, and Roman), and the effects of this on Cypriot identity and material culture; the development of Cypriot archaeology from its 19th-century antiquarian roots to a modern, scientifically-based discipline; and the role of colonialism and modern politics in the interpretation of Cyprus’s past. We’ll investigate these themes through lectures, seminar discussions and hands-on work with Cypriot artifacts from the Museum of Anthropology. This course provides important background for a proposed archaeological field school on Cyprus to be held in Summer 2018.

CNRS 500B: Gender in the Ancient Mediterranean

Dr. Kat Huemoeller
Term 1, Tues, 11am-2pm (Room TBA)

This course offers an overview of recent approaches to gender in the Ancient Mediterranean.  We will start with some theoretical readings on gender as a category of analysis and then examine recent approaches in a variety of fields, partly dictated by student interest.

CNRS 503B / RELG 502A Synagogues and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World

Dr. Gregg Gardner
Term 1, Tues, 3pm-6pm (BUCH C203)

This course will study the rise of synagogues during the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine ages. In doing so, this seminar will introduce students to the history, literature, and material culture of Jews and Judaism from the fourth century B.C.E. through seventh century C.E. This course will trace how synagogues became the preeminent Jewish religious and communal institution, as well as how they influenced the development of churches in Christianity. This seminar will incorporate close readings of archaeological finds and literary sources, such as the Hebrew Bible, Apocrypha, Dead Sea Scrolls, classical rabbinic literature, and other Jewish texts from the Hellenistic and Roman ages. We will address the notion of sacred space, Greco-Roman social and religious influence, ancient art and architecture, and other topics that related to the development of synagogues in the Mediterranean world. All texts will be read in English translation. No prerequisites.

CNRS 503D: The Ancient Book

Dr. Cillian O’Hogan
Term 2, Tues/Thurs 9-10:30am (Room TBA)

This course explores the material book in antiquity. We will take a cross-cultural approach, looking at evidence from across the ancient Mediterranean, but our focus will be on the book between the Hellenistic era and Late Antiquity. We will explore topics such as writing and literacy; authors and readers; scribes, binders, and artists; the economics of book production; libraries and collections; the shift from bookroll to codex; books in literature; religious books; book destruction; and the afterlife of ancient books. Throughout the semester we will make use of theoretical approaches from the field of book history, and explore how best to apply these approaches (especially those relating to gender, race, class, and intermediality) to the ancient world. Students will be given some basic orientation in the technical subdisciplines (papyrology, palaeography, codicology, and voluminology), and we will make use of some of the items at UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library. No knowledge of ancient languages is required to take this course, though students will find it helpful to be familiar with the Greek alphabet, in particular

CNRS 504/RELG 500B: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Modern Contexts

Dr. Sara Milstein
Term 2, MW, 10-11:30am (Room TBA)

From indie films to New Yorker comics, or political rallies to hip-hop songs, the Bible is everywhere. In some cases, the radical reuse of the Bible can make us reexamine the “original” in refreshing new ways. In other cases, the reuse of the Bible can be problematic, especially when it is used as a tool for oppression. Together, we will probe a wide range of these expressions, with the aim of understanding how and why the Bible continues to be recycled in so many different contexts. Please note that course content is bound to be provocative.

GREK 401A/501A: Biography (Xenophon and Plutarch)

Dr. Florence Yoon
Term 1, MWF 2pm-3pm (UCLL 101)

In this course, we will read some of the earliest Greek attempts to write an account of a person’s whole life. We’ll start with the first book of Xenophon’s Cyropaedia, a biography of the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, which became the model for medieval writings like Machiavelli’s The Prince. We’ll then move on to two of the Parallel Lives of Plutarch (to be chosen by the class), which compare the lives of some of the greatest figures from Greek and Roman myth and history. We may also read some of Diogenes Laertius’s Lives and Gnomai of Eminent Philosophers. We will consider the aims and techniques of the authors, the question of national bias, comparative material from other sources for these biographies, and the reception of these works in modern times and genres.

GREK 502B: Greek Tragedy

Dr. Florence Yoon

Term 2, MWF, 1-2pm (BUCH C203)

Depending on the interests of the class, we will choose either a complete play to read, or a selection of scenes containing a common theme or element. Possibilities include “comic” scenes in tragedy, a figure such as Apollo or Heracles, or endings (e.g. questions of resolution, expectations, and interpolation). Students enrolled will be consulted by email in November so that class materials will be organized for January.

LATN 401C/501C: Inscribed History

Dr. Kat Huemoeller
Term 1, MWF, 10am-11am (ORCH 3052)

This course examines “alternative facts”—when historians tell us one thing about Roman history and inscriptions tell us another.  We will begin with an introduction to Latin epigraphy and then move on to analyze particular historical events that were recorded in both literary and epigraphic form including the Bacchanalian conspiracy, Claudius’ speech to the Gauls, and the death of Germanicus.

LATN 402B/502B: Epyllion and Epic

In this course, we will study the controversial genre epyllion. The term is used by modern scholars to describe short mythological epics notable for their erotic themes and prominent female characters, as in Catullus 64. But ‘epyllion’ is also used by some to refer to short episodes inset within larger epics, such as the account of Orpheus and Eurydice in Virgil’s fourth Georgic, and the narratives of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In this class, all students will read Catullus 64, the second half of the fourth Georgic, and Book Ten of the Metamorphoses in Latin, as well as reading additional Greek and Latin texts in translation. Students enrolled in LATN502B will also read Book Eight of the Metamorphoses. We will look at some of the issues that have particularly preoccupied critics of Latin poetry over the past quarter of a century: above all genre, intertextuality/allusion, and ekphrasis (vivid description, often of a work of art). Above all, we will attempt to answer for ourselves the perennial question of whether this genre actually exists at all.

RELG 500B/CNRS 504: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Modern Contexts

Dr. Sara Milstein
Term 2, MW, 10-11:30am (Room TBA)

From indie films to New Yorker comics, or political rallies to hip-hop songs, the Bible is everywhere. In some cases, the radical reuse of the Bible can make us reexamine the “original” in refreshing new ways. In other cases, the reuse of the Bible can be problematic, especially when it is used as a tool for oppression. Together, we will probe a wide range of these expressions, with the aim of understanding how and why the Bible continues to be recycled in so many different contexts. Please note that course content is bound to be provocative.

Ancient Mediterranean Culture, History and Literature

2016-2017

CNRS 500A/NEST 501B: Approaches to Ethnic Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean World (L. Cooper)
CNRS 502B/CLST 519D: Pompeii: Temples to Toilets (L. Bablitz)
CNRS 503A: Raw Comedy: Plautus and Mime (C.W. Marshall)

2015-2016

CNRS 500: Forum Romanum (L. Bablitz)
CNRS 502A/GREK 545: Greek Epigraphy (N. Kennell)
CNRS 502B/RELG 500A: Making a Case: Law in Ancient Israel and Iraq (S. Milstein)

2014-2015

CNRS 500: Ancient Mystery Religions (R. Cousland)
CNRS 503C: Digital Antiquity (S. McElduff)
CNRS 503D/GREK 525: Comic Fragments (C.W. Marshall)

2013-2014

CNRS 500/RELG 502C: Ancient Jerusalem (G. Gardner)
CNRS 503A: Rising from the Ruins: Neoclassicism and the roots of modern Classical Studies (H. Marshall)

2012-2013

CNRS 500/CNRS 503E/GREK 525A: Being like Gods: Divine Knowledge and Power in Roman Alexandria (M. Griffin & T. Schneider)
CNRS 503D/LATN 535: TBA (S. McElduff)

2011-2012

CNRS 500/RELG 500B: The Parables of Jesus (R. Cousland)
CNRS 502A: Roman Lawmaking (L. Bablitz)
CNRS 503D: Ancient Near Eastern Historiography (T. Schneider)
CNRS 503E/GREK 525B/LATN 525B: Scientific Literature in Greek and Roman Antiquity (D. Creese)

2010-2011

CNRS 500/RELG 531: Reading Foundational Narratives (D. Arbel and S. Braund)
CNRS 503C /GREK 525A/LATN 525A: Prostitutes and New Comedy (C. W. Marshall)
CNRS 504A/LATN 535/CLST 519D: Mystery Religions and the Rise of Christinaity on the Basis of Archaeology and Iconography (R. Wilson)

2009-2010

CNRS 500/RELG 500: Approaches to the Ancient City (D. Neufeld)
CNRS 503A/LATN 545D: Latin Epigraphy (R. Wilson)
CNRS 503C/GREK 525B: Aristotle and the Purpose of Tragedy (C.W. Marshall)
CNRS 503D/GREK 525A: Greek Love (D. Creese)
CNRS 503E: The Ancient Greek State: Theory and Reconstruction (F. De Angelis)
CNRS 503F: Ancient Near Eastern Historiography (T. Schneider)

2008-2009

CNRS 500: Approaches to the Ancient City (D. Neufeld)
CNRS 501/LATN 535: Mystery Religions and the Rise of Christianity (R. Wilson)
CNRS 503A/CLST 519: Death and Dying in the Roman World (L. Bablitz)
LATN 521A: Lucan and his Reception (S. Braund)
LATN 521B: Ancient Rhetorical Theory (S. McElduff)
LATN 525B/GREK 525B: The Classical Commentary: Art and Science (S. Braund)

2007-2008

CNRS 500/CNRS 503B/GREK 525B: Greek Musical Discourse (D. Creese)
CNRS 503A/LATN 525A: Seneca’s Tragedies and their Reception (S. Braund)
CNRS 503C: Latin Poetry Englished (S. Braund)
CNRS 505B/GREK 525A: Greek Stagecraft and Performance (C. W. Marshall)
LATN 545: Seminar in Latin Epigraphy (R. Wilson)

2006-2007

CNRS 500: Proseminar in Ancient Mediterranean Studies (D. Neufeld)
CNRS 503B/GREK 525B: Greek Love (D. Creese)
GREK 545B: Greek Epigraphy (F. De Angelis)

Greek/Latin

2016-2017

GREK 510D: Greek Prose: Herodotus and Thucydides (F. De Angelis)
LATN 501B: Latin Prose (K. Huemoeller)
LATN 502B: Latin Verse: Horace’s Odes (C. O’Hogan)

2015-2016

GREK 501B: Greek Prose (TBA)
GREK 502A: Hellenistic Poetry (C.W. Marshall)
GREK 545A/CNRS 502A: Greek Epigraphy (N. Kennell)
GREK 525A/LATN 525A: Epic Transformed, Translations and Adaptations of Greco-Roman Epic Poetry (S. Braund)
LATN 501A: Reading and Writing Latin Prose Texts (S. Braund)
LATN 501C: Latin Prose (S. McElduff)
LATN 502B: Lucan, Civil War (S. Braund)

2014-2015

GREK 501C: Greek Orators: Murder, Adultery and Government Corruption (C.W. Marshall)
GREK 502D: Pindar and Lyric Poetry (M. Funke)
LATN 501D: Philippics and Their Influence (S. McElduff)
LATN 502C: Virgil’s Aeneid: from Zero to Hero – Aeneas on the battlefield (S. McElduff)
LATN 502D: Lucretius: De Rerum Natura (M. Funke)

2013-2014

GREK 401A/501A: Herodotus and Thucydides (F. De Angelis)
GREK 402B/502B: Aeschylus (C.W. Marshall)
LATN 401B/501B: Tacitus (C. Gorrie)
LATN 401E/501E: Latin Prose You Should Have Read: A Selection of Great Passages from Cato to Tacitus (S. McElduff)
LATN 402A/502A: Seneca’s Thyestes and its Reception (S. Braund)

2012-2013

GREK 401D/501D: Lucian (M. Funke)
GREK 402E/502E: Homer, Iliad (C.W. Marshall)
LATN 401A/501A: Latin Letters (G. McIntyre)
LATN 401B/501B:
LATN 402C/502C: Terence (C.W. Marshall)

2011-2012

GREK 401E/501E: Herodotus and Thucydides (F. De Angelis)
GREK 402D/502D: Sophocles (G. Kovacs)
LATN 401D/501D: Livy (C. Gorrie)
LATN 402D/502D: (F. Yoon)
LATN 402E/502E: (S. Braund)

2010-2011

GREK 401A/501A: Murder, Adultery and Assault (C.W. Marshall)
GREK 402A/502A: Homer’s Odyssey (M. Griffin)
GREK 402B/502B: Iambic, Elegiac and Lyric Poetry (B. Clausen)
LATN 401A/501A: Cicero, Philippics II (S. McElduff)
LATN 401B/501B: Latin Prose Composition (S. Braund)
LATN 402B/502B: Latin Verse Satire (L. Rae)

2009-2010

GREK 401A/501A: Plato, ProtagorasRepublic I (D. Creese)
GREK 401B/501B: Diodorus Siculus and Plutarch (F. De Angelis)
GREK 402A/502A: Aristophanes, Frogs (C. W. Marshall)
LATN 401B/501B: Tacitus (S. Braund)
LATN 402A/502A: Plautus, TruculentusPseudolus (C. W. Marshall)
LATN 402B/502B: Vergil, Aeneid (S. McElduff)

2008-2009

GREK 401B/501B: Herodotus/Thucydides (F. De Angelis)
GREK 401A/501A: Greek Prose (B. Clausen)
GREK 402A/502A: Tragedy (C.W. Marshall)
LATN 401A/501A: Roman Letters (S. McElduff)
LATN 401B/501B: Apuleius (S. Braund)
LATN 402E/502E: Elegy (S. McElduff)

2007-2008

GREK 401A/501A: Xenophon’s Anabasis (C. W. Marshall)
GREK 402A/502A: Hellenistic Verse (D. Creese)
GREK 402B/502B: Homer’s Odyssey (D. Creese)
LATN 401A/501A: Cicero (S. McElduff)
LATN 402B/502B: Myth, Magic and Witchcraft in the Roman World (S. McElduff)
LATN 402C/502C: Latin Poetry 43-27 BCE (S. Braund)

Archaeology

2016-2017

CLST 519D/CNRS 502B: Pompeii: Temples to Toilets (L. Bablitz)
NEST 501B/CNRS 500A: Approaches to Ethnic Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean World (L. Cooper)
NEST 506: The Archaeology of the City in the ancient Near East: The Archaeology of Space and Place (K. Fisher)

2015-2016

CLST 502: Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome (M. McCarty)
CLST 503B: Greek Sanctuaries (N. Kennell)
CLST 511A: Hellenizing Pre-Roman Italy, Archaeological and Historical Approaches (F. De Angelis)
NEST 500A: Interconnections in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean (K. Fisher)
NEST 505: Ancient Egypt and the Bible, Interconnections between Egypt and Ancient Israel in the First Millennium BCE (T. Schneider)

2014-2015

CLST 501: Topography and Monuments of Ancient Athens (H. Williams)
CLST 519: Topics in Roman Archaeology: The Art and Architecture of the Severan Period (C. Gorrie)
CLST 518A: The Ancient Greek State in Comparative Perspective: Theory and Reconstruction (F. De Angelis)
NEST 501A: Near Eastern Archaeology, The Philistines (T. Schneider)
NEST 506: The Archaeology of the City in the Ancient Near East:  The Archaeology of Space and Place (K. Fisher)

2013-2014

CLST 502: Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome (R. Wilson)
CLST 503B: Greek Sanctuaries (H. Williams)
CLST 511: Greek Regional Archaeology (F. De Angelis)
NEST 501A: Iron Age Archaeology (L. Cooper)

2012-2013

CLST 501: Topography and Monuments of Ancient Athens (H. Williams)
CLST 509A: Greek Sculpture (C. Williams)
CLST 510A: Roman Sculpture (C. Gorrie)
CLST 512A: Roman Provincial Archaeology (R. Wilson)
NEST 503: Material Culture of Ancient Egypt (TBA)
NEST 506: The Archaeology of the City in the Ancient Near East (L. Cooper)

2011-2012

CLST 502: Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome (R. Wilson)
CLST 503B: Greek Sanctuaries (H. Williams)
CLST 512A: Roman Provincial Archaeology (R. Wilson)
CLST 518A: Greek and Roman Maritime Archaeology (H. Williams)
CLST 518B: The Ancient Greek State: Theory and Reconstruction (F. De Angelis)
NEST 501B: Iron Age Archaeology (L. Cooper)
NEST 502A: War and Diplomacy in Ancient Egypt (T. Hikade)

2010-2011

CLST 501: Topography and Monuments of Ancient Athens (H. Williams)
CLST 517: Artefacts at the Museum of Anthropology (H. Williams)
CLST 519A: Cultural Contact and Interaction in Pre-Roman Italy: Archaeological and Historical Approaches (F. De Angelis)
CLST 519D/CNRS 504A/LATN 535: Mystery Religions and the Rise of Christianity (R. Wilson)
NEST 500A: The Archaeology and Culture of the Philistines (T. Schneider)
NEST 503: Studies in the Material Culture of Ancient Egypt (T. Hikade)

2009-2010

CLST 502: Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome (R. Wilson)
CLST 505A: Greek Santuaries (H. Williams)
CLST 512A: Roman Germany (P. Kiernan)
CLST 512B: Roman Britain (R. Wilson)
CLST 517: Greek and Roman Maritime Archaeology (H. Williams)
CLST 518A/CNRS 503E: The Ancient Greek State: Theory and Reconstruction (F. De Angelis)
NEST 501A: The Archaeology of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (L. Cooper)
NEST 502A: War and Diplomacy in Ancient Egypt (T. Hikade)

2008-2009

CLST 501: Topography and Monuments of Ancient Athens (C. Williams)
CLST 506D: Studies in Roman Town Planning (R. Wilson)
CLST 509D: Greek Sculpture (C. Williams)
CLST 511/CNRS 505: Greek Regional Archaeology/Studies in Ethnicity (F. De Angelis)
CLST 512: Roman Africa (R. Wilson)
NEST 500A: The Archaeology and Culture of the Philistines (T. Schneider)
NEST 503: Studies in the Material Culture of Ancient Egypt (T. Hikade)

2007-2008

CLST 502: Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome (R. Wilson)
CLST 503B: Greek Sanctuaries (H. Williams)
CLST 512A: Roman Britain (R. Wilson)
CLST 513A: Maritime Archaeology (H. Williams)
NEST 501B: Archaeological Approaches to Ethnicity (L. Cooper)
NEST 502B: Warfare and Diplomacy in Ancient Egypt (T. Schneider)

2006-2007

CLST 501: Topography and Monuments of Ancient Athens (H. Williams)
CLST 505A: Studies in Greek Town Planning (H. Williams)
CLST 511A: Ancient Sicily (F. De Angelis)
NEST 501A: Archaeology of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (L. Cooper)
NEST 502A: Warfare and Diplomacy in Ancient Egypt (T. Hikade)
NEST 503A: Introduction to Middle Egyptian (T. Hikade).

Religious Studies

2016-2017

RELG 502B: Topics in Judaism: Religion and Material Culture in Judaism (G. Gardner)
RELG 514D: Topics in Islam (R. Ahmed

2015-2016

RELG 500A/CNRS 502B: Making a Case: Law in Ancient Israel and Iraq (S. Milstein)

2014-2015

RELG 500E: Images of Eve; Great Women of the Bible (D. Arbel)
RELG 502C/HEBR 509B: Adventures in Reading: Narratives from the Hebrew Bible/Advanced Biblical Hebrew (D. Arbel)
RELG 514A/LAW/RELG 475A: Gender and Islamic Law (A. Chaudhry)
RELG 514B/LAW 342/RELG 475B: Islamic Law and Legal Theory (R. Ahmed)

2013-2014

RELG 500C: Images of Eve: Great Women in the Bible (D. Arbel)
RELG 502C: Ancient Jerusalem (G. Gardner)
RELG 514A: Gender and Islamic Law (A. Chaudhry)
RELG 514B: Islamic Law & Legal Theory (R. Ahmed)
HEBR 509B: Narratives from the Hebrew Bible (D. Arbel)

2012-2013

RELG 500A: TBA
RELG 502A: Sacred Relics in Early Judaism & Christianity (G. Gardner)
RELG 502B: Jews, Judaism & the Graphic Novel (R. Menkis)
RELG 514A: Reading the Qur’an (A. Chaudhry)
RELG 514B: Islamic Law & Legal Theory (R. Ahmed)

2011-2012

RELG 500B/CNRS 500: Apocryphal Gospels (R. Cousland)
RELG 502A: Introduction to Rabbinic Literature (G. Gardner)
RELG 502B: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in Film (D. Arbel)
RELG 514B: History of the Religion of Islam
HEBR 509A: Reading Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Narratives (D. Arbel)
HEBR 509B: Rabbinic Hebrew (G. Gardner)

2010-2011

RELG 500A: When Time Shall Be No More: Ancient and Modern Apocalypses (D. Neufeld)
RELG 531: Reading Foundational Narratives (D. Arbel and S. Braund)
HEBR 509A: Supervised Study in Classical Hebrew (P. Mosca)
HEBR 509B: Supervised Study in Classical Hebrew (D. Arbel)

2009-2010

RELG 502A: Gender, Magic, Ideologies: The Witch Figure in the Ancient World (D. Arbel)
RELG 514A: Theory of Islamic Origins (M. Yazigi)
RELG 531: Approaches to the Ancient City (D. Neufeld)
HEBR 509A: Supervised Study in Classical Hebrew (P. Mosca)
HEBR 509B: Supervised Study in Classical Hebrew (D. Arbel)

2008-2009

RELG 500: The Social World of the New Testament (D. Neufeld)
RELG 500A: Studies in the Gospel of Matthew (R. Cousland)
RELG 502A: Magic in Ancient Judaism (D. Arbel)
RELG 502D: Talmudic Law and Literature (R. Daum)
RELG 503: Early Christian Lives (P. Burns)
RELG 514: Theory of Islamic Origins (M. Yazigi)

2007-2008

RELG 500B: Religions of Ancient Israel (P. Mosca)
RELG 500E: Sacred Space and the Gospels (R. Cousland)
RELG 502A: Art of Rabbinic Narrative (R. Daum)
RELG 503B: Augustine’s “City of God” (P. Burns)
RELG 531: Methods in the Study of Religion (faculty)
HEBR 509A: Readings in Jeremiah (P. Mosca)
HEBR 509B: Advanced Readings in Classical Hebrew (R. Daum)