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CLAR 250 : Archaeology of the Ancient World

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Archaeology of the ancient world. Artistic and cultural achievements of Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Greece and Rome, and interaction of the art with society.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAR 420 : Greek Art and Archaeology

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Survey of Greek material culture (art, architecture, city planning, etc.) from the Bronze Age to second century CE. This course is offered as CLAR 420 and ART 401. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CLAR 425 : Roman Art and Archaeology

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Survey of Roman material culture (art, architecture, city planning, etc.) from the foundation of Rome to the reign of Justinian. This course is offered as CLAR 425 and ART 402. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAR 500 : Ancient Egyptian Civilization

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Ancient Egyptian civilization from Pre-dynastic through Ptolemaic times: art, archaeology, literature, and religion with research use of Sutro Egyptian Collection.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - African Contributions to World Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CLAR 502 : Ancient Egyptian Language and Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Previous foreign lanuage study strongly recommended.
Description: Introduction to signs, vocabulary, grammar and syntax of Middle Egyptian language; learn to read texts fom funerary stelae, coffins, and short stories.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • Segment III Cluster - Ideas and the Making of Culture
Units: 3

CLAR 508 : Ancient Roman Civilization

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Ancient Roman civilization from the foundation of Rome to the reign of Justinian, based on archaeological collections and encompassing the history, languages, and arts. CLAR 507 recommended as prerequisite to CLAR 508.
Units: 3

CLAR 516 : Ancient Greek Civilization

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Original monuments of ancient Greece in their historical setting from the Neolithic to the Roman period. First semester ends with the Persian Wars and concentrates on the Mycenean period; second semester covers the Golden Age of Pericles to the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CLAR 530 : Greek Vase Painting

Prerequisites: One of CLAR 250, CLAR 507, CLAR 508, CLAR 515, CLAR 516, or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to ancient Greek vase painting. Paired with CLAR 830. Students who have completed CLAR 530 may not take CLAR 830 or credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CLAR 532 : Greek and Roman Wall Painting

Prerequisites: CLAR 250 or CLAR 420 or CLAR 425, or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the chronological development of Greek and Roman wall painting, focus on its architectural context and sociocultural significance. Paired with CLAR 832. Students who have completed CLAR 532 may not take CLAR 832 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAR 535 : Ancient Sicily and Southern Italy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Archaeological, historical, cultural study of Sicily and southern Italy from Bronze Age to Roman Empire, including material from Greek city-states. Roman period and indigenous peoples. Paired with CLAR 835. Students who have completed CLAR 835 may not take CLAR 535 for credit.
Units: 3

CLAR 540 : Greece and the Near East

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Study of the intersection of the historiographical traditions and material records of ancient Greece and the Near East. (Paired with CLAR 840. Students who have completed CLAR 840 may not take CLAR 540 for credit.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CLAR 545 : Pompeii & Herculaneum: Cities in the Shadow of Vesuvius

Prerequisites: CLAR 250 or consent of instructor.
Description: Core aspects of archaeology, daily life, art and history in the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. (Paired with CLAR 845. Students who have taken CLAR 845 may not take CLAR 545 for credit.)
Units: 3

CLAR 550 : The Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean Bronze Age: Minoans, Mycenaeans, Conflict & Trade

Prerequisites: CLAR 250 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to the archaeology, architecture, art, society and scripts of Mediterranean cultures during the Bronze Age, with special emphasis on the Minoans and Mycenaeans. (Paired with CLAR 850. Students who complete CLAR 850 may not take CLAR 550 for credit.)
Units: 3

CLAR 555 : Etruscan Art and Archaeology

Prerequisites: CLAR 250 or CLAR 420 or CLAR 425 or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the material culture of the Etruscans in its historical context from the Late Bronze Age until the early 1st c. CE. Paired with CLAR 855. Students who complete CLAR 555 may not take CLAR 855 for credit.
Units: 3

CLAR 565 : Roman Topography

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Study of important monuments of Rome as evidence of its historical-political and artistic development from the 8th Century B.C.E. to the Fall of the Empire in the 5th Century C.E. Paired with CLAR 865. Students who have completed CLAR 865 may not take CLAR 565 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

CLAR 570 : Archaic Greece

Prerequisites: CLAR 250 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Investigation of material culture of Archaic Greece. Topics may include colonization, coinage, agriculture, development of sanctuaries, origin of new styles of sculpture & painting, burial practices, rise of the polis. Paired with CLAR 870. Students who have taken CLAR 870 may not take CLAR 570 for credit.
Units: 3

CLAR 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised study of a special archaeological problem to be selected by the student.
Units: 1-3

CLAR 800 : Theory and Methods of Classical Archaeology

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the Classics M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Survey of important theories and methods in the practice of classical archaeology; discussion of specific case studies; some hands-on practice.
Units: 3

CLAR 830 : Greek Vase Painting

Prerequisites: One of CLAR 250, CLAR 507, CLAR 508, CLAR 515, CLAR 516, or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with CLAR 530. For course description, see CLAR 530. Students who have completed CLAR 830 may not take CLAR 530 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CLAR 832 : Greek and Roman Wall Painting

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in classics or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with CLAR 532. For course description, see CLAR 532. Students who have completed CLAR 832 may not take CLAR 532 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAR 835 : Ancient Sicily and Southern Italy

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see CLAR 535. Paired with CLAR 535. Students who have completed CLAR 535 may not take CLAR 835 for credit.
Units: 3

CLAR 840 : Greece and the Near East

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with CLAR 540. See CLAR 540 for course description. Students who have completed CLAR 540 may not take CLAR 840 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CLAR 845 : Pompeii & Herculaneum: Cities in the Shadow of Vesuvius

Prerequisites: CLAR 250 or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see CLAR 545. Paired with CLAR 545. Students who have taken CLAR 545 may not take CLAR 845 for credit.
Units: 3

CLAR 850 : The Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean Bronze Age: Minoans, Mycenaeans, Conflict & Trade

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with CLAR 550. For course description see CLAR 550. Students who complete CLAR 550 may not take CLAR 850 for credit.
Units: 3

CLAR 855 : Etruscan Art and Archaeology

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in classics or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with CLAR 555. For course description, see CLAR 555. Students who have completed CLAR 855 may not take CLAR 555 for credit.
Units: 3

CLAR 865 : Roman Topography

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: For description, see CLAR 565. Paired with CLAR 565. Students who have completed CLAR 565 may not take CLAR 865 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

CLAR 870 : Archaic Greece

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: For description, see CLAR 570. Paired with CLAR 570. Students who have taken CLAR 570 may not take CLAR 870 for credit.
Units: 3

CLAR 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department. Open to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition (form available in the department office).
Units: 1-3
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