Denton A. Walthall
Assistant Professor — Ph.D.
- Campus Mail Code: C3400
C C 307D • Intro To Roman Archaeology
TTH 930am-1100am WAG 201
This course is an introduction to the art, architecture, and archaeology of the ancient Romans from the beginnings of the city of Rome in the early Iron Age to late antiquity. It focuses on major developments in Roman material culture, particularly artworks, buildings, and cities. Material will be presented chronologically and students will see and evaluate artifacts in light of their cultural precedents. After completing this course, students will be able to understand major Roman sites, monuments, and artworks in their cultural and chronological context and to offer an analysis based on art-historical and archaeological principles.
This course carries a Global Cultures flag.
C C 380 • Archaeol Hellenistic Kingdom
T 330pm-630pm WAG 10
This course brings participants into contact with the material culture of Hellenistic kingship and the principal kingdoms that developed following the death of Alexander III (i.e. Seleukid, Attalid, Ptolemaic, Antigonid). In each meeting we will focus on a different theme, discussing relevant scholarship and material evidence. Participants will leave the course having gained exposure to abiding questions and topics surrounding the study of Hellenistic kingdoms as well as to recent developments in the fields of Hellenistic history, archaeology, epigraphy, and numismatics.
Topics to be addressed in seminar include:
- defining a kingdom
- kings + cities
- public architecture + urbanism
- the “royal economy”: taxes and trade
- ruler cult- royal coinage: iconography and minting habits
- looking like a king: portraits and personalities
- writing like a king: royal letters