Joel T Walker
Examines various topics in the transformation of the ancient world from the third-century crisis of the Roman Empire to the rise of Islamic civilization. Serves as the field course for masters and Ph.D. students.
Jewels, Gender, and Power in the World of Late Antiquity
Many societies around the world have used gems as markers of social distinction. This graduate seminar explores the social, cultural, and religious history of jewels and jewelry in the world of late antiquity, here broadly defined to extend from the Roman Empire to early medieval Europe and the medieval Middle East. Potential research topics include: Greco-Roman trade with India; mines and mining in the ancient world; the politics of adornment in the Roman Empire; the archaeology of jewelry; portraiture and jewelry in the Roman world; pearl and other jewel imagery in the religions of late antiquity and Islam. Please contact the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested in the class.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This is a graduate level seminar. It will combine in-class discussion with student presentations on particular sites and monuments.
Some undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in Greek or Roman history, early Christianity, or late antiquity. Students with relevant ancient and/or modern languages will be strongly encouraged to use for seminar preparation and research.
Class assignments and grading
Two short papers, 4-5 pages in length. Participants will also be expected to give one formal research presentation.
Participation and presentations 50% Short essays 50%