Art and Archaeology of Ancient Athens
Athens was one of the great cities of antiquity. As the place in which democracy, philosophy, and the theater were born, it is foundational for understanding much of the development of the western world. With its unusually rich surviving material and literary record, it forms an ideal setting in which to explore relationships of ancient to modern, landscape to built-scape, material to literary record amongst others. This course, team-taught by professors at both Duke University and The American College of Greece-Deree, will use the Classical through Roman visible physical remains of Athens as a focus to explore the changing face of the city through in-class and cross-continent reading and debate, digital creation and on-site exploration. Teamwork between students in Greece and the US will be a major component of the course. The course included a trip to Athens during Spring Break, funded through a Humanities Writ Large grant.