Joel T Walker
Seminar on selected topics in ancient and medieval history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ROMAN NEAR EAST
A graduate-level introduction to the major sites and sources of the Roman Near East. Using two recent surveys (Butcher and Sartre) as our guides, we will investigate the history and archaeology of the Roman provinces of Syria, Palestine, and Arabia between the first and the early seventh centuries C.E.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Seminar discussion with freqent student presentations.
A working command of either Latin or Classical Greek, plus one or more modern European languages - preferably French or German. Substantial previous coursework (or independent reading) in Greek or Roman history, early Christianity, Judaism, or late antiquity.
Class assignments and grading
Participation and presentations - 60% Short papers - 40%
Participants in the seminar will give two presentations on particular sites or documents and hand in three short (4-5 page) essays based on close study of primary sources.