PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Ancient Tourism: Traveling through the Greek and Roman world
In this project, you'll use archaeology to better understand how people lived in the Greek and Roman past. Throughout the project, you will select several places, people, or time periods from the ancient world that most interest you, and study them through archaeological evidence. Students will be encouraged to think about how the identities of ancient individuals would have shaped their lived experience back then as it does today. Through this course you will learn a significant amount of ancient Greek and/or Roman history, and will better understand how archaeology can be used to answer historical and cultural questions. A final project could take the form of a research paper, a historically accurate fictional biography, or a hypothetical museum exhibition. Some background in Greek and Roman history is welcome, but certainly not required.
Becoming the next Homer: A study of ancient Greek mythology
In this project, you will learn about ancient Greek mythology through texts and archaeological artifacts. You will study how myths were born and transmitted, and the techniques that writers and artists used to bring them to life. As the course progresses, students will narrow their focus to examine a particular myth, mythological theme, or mythological figure, and will use this myth, theme, or figure to learn more about Greek writings, beliefs, and practices. A final project for this course could take the form of a critical research paper on Greek mythology, or an original Greek myth based on ancient examples. Knowledge of ancient Greek mythology is welcome but certainly not required.