Courses of Interest


Antioch through the Ages - Archaeology and History
ART 418 / CLA 418 / HL S418 / PAW 418

Antioch was unique among the great cities of the classical world for its position at the crossroads between the Mediterranean and Asia and for being a foundation of the Greek age that shrunk almost to insignificance in the modern era. Students in this course will get exclusive access to the archives and artifacts from Princeton's mostly unpublished Antioch excavations of the 1930s. The focus of the 2021 course will be life in the ancient villa, investigated through the study of the luxury homes situated in Antioch's suburb of Daphne, specifically the building known as the 'House of the Buffet Supper', in use from about 300 BCE to 650 CE.
Alan M. Stahl 

The Origins of the Middle Ages
HIS 543 / HLS 543

The seminar explores the cultural history of Europe from the 9th to the 12th c. and the emergence of a cultural convergence that allowed to imagine the Latin West as the Latin West. Our window into this process is the codification of various subjects in books and libraries and in the collection, arrangement and transmission of history books, legal handbooks, patristic, hagiographical or liturgical collections. In so doing the course introduces students to paleography, codicology, basic techniques of editing texts and the study of Latin manuscripts, scriptoria and libraries.
Helmut Reimitz

Intermediate Syriac
NES 512

The aim of the course is to provide the linguistic skills and the academic tools that are necessary to carry out research in Syriac Studies. The first session deals with the transcription of Syriac and presents an overview of the basic resources for academic research. The rest of the course centers on a selection of Syriac texts and addresses fundamental notions of literature, culture, and history.
George A. Kiraz 

Studies in Greco-Roman Religions – Fashion, Footwear, and Faith
REL 504 / HLS 504

How did women and men appear before the divine in late antiquity? And what did they wear in everyday life? This interdisciplinary seminar examines self-representation through dress, footwear, hairdo, and jewelry. Special attention is reserved for questions regarding religion and ritual. We study a wide range of sources, including literary and documentary texts (papyri, inscriptions), iconographic representations (mosaics, frescoes, sculpture), and archaeological finds (shoes, clothes). Students conduct research with these sources and relate them to modern theoretical works about dress and self-representation.
AnneMarie Luijendijk