Department of Classics

Joseph C Carter

ProfessorPh.D., Princeton University

Centennial Professor of Classical Archaeology; Director, Institute of Classical Archaeology
Joseph C Carter



Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology




C C 380 • Metaponto & Interdisc Arch

32310 • Spring 2016
Meets W 200pm-500pm WAG 10


The focus of this course is the Greek polis of Metapontion in South Italy, known in ancient times for agricultural wealth and in modern scholarship for the pioneering work done there to elucidate a way of life in the chora (ancient countryside). Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, work in the chora by the Institute of Classical Archaeology has gone forward concomitantly with research in the ancient city (asty) by the Superintendency of Basilicata and the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, making Metaponto one of the most comprehensively explored poleis of the Greek world. Some idea of the range of interests and fieldwork involved will be apparent in the publication series, The Chora of Metaponto, and in the volume, Metaponto: The Discovery of the Ancient Countryside. All of the volumes are available in the library or at ICA, on the research campus.

One goal of the course will be to introduce the student to the main aspects of this research, and to the ICA archive, which includes unpublished material going back 40 years in a variety of areas—not only from excavation but also intensive field survey, geomorphology, palaeobotany, archaeozoology, and physical anthropology. A second is to involve him or her in writing a scientific paper.

The class will meet once a week and will include a presentation by the instructor and discussion of weekly reading assignments. Performance will also be judged on the basis of classroom participation and the paper on a topic of the student’s choosing. The student will be encouraged to make use of unpublished material in ICA’s archive. A third goal is to assure that this paper will be of publishable quality. For this, it is hoped that the students will meet regularly with the instructor, who will review progress. Staff at ICA will be available to assist with data retrieval and provide editorial advice. There will also be guest lectures by experts involved in ICA projects.

Students of anthropology, geography, and art history as well as of classics and classical archaeology should find this course both of interest and value. Potential papers might include topics as disparate as female burial and Dionysos, anaerobic environments and artifact preservation, the transition from Greek polis to Roman territory in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC.

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