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Problems in Ancient History: The Senses in the Ancient Mediterranean

CLA 547/PAW 503/HLS 547/HIS 557/ART 527

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An interdisciplinary, diachronic, and critical study of the senses in the ancient world. Explores how a variety of senses might be recovered from the past and assesses the possibilities and limitations of sensory approaches. Surveys the types of primary evidence that might be used, weighs the possibilities for objective interpretation, and considers the reasons for regional and chronological variation. Senses examined in their social, political, and cultural contexts and with attention to conceptions of bodies, perception, and ontology. Strengths and weaknesses of the secondary literature on the topic evaluated.
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Section S01

  • Type: Seminar
  • Section: S01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 2
  • Capacity: 12
  • Class Number: 21421
  • Schedule: M 01:30 PM-04:20 PM