Undergraduate Courses: Classical Archaeology

CLAR 250: Archaeology of the Ancient World:

Archaeology of the ancient world. Artistic and cultural achievements of Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Greece and Rome, and interaction of the art with society.

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Units: 3
Course Attributes: GE C1: Arts; SF State Studies: Global Perspectives

CLAR 270: Introduction to Greek and Roman Coins:

Introduction to the study of Greek and Roman coins with an emphasis on iconography, economic role, and historical context.

Units: 3

CLAR 324: Greek and Roman Coins in Historical Context:

Exploration of the production, social function, and iconography of Greek and Roman coins and how they can help write the history of the ancient world. Study of actual ancient coins in the Lindgren Coin Collection, which includes almost 3000 silver and bronze coins.
(This course is offered as CLAR 324 and HIST 324. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor
Units: 3

CLAR 420: Greek Art and Archaeology:

Survey of Greek material culture (art, architecture, city planning, etc.) from the Bronze Age to second century CE. This course is offered as CLAR 420 and ART 401. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3

CLAR 425: Roman Art and Archaeology:

Survey of Roman material culture (art, architecture, city planning, etc.) from the foundation of Rome to the reign of Justinian. This course is offered as CLAR 425 and ART 402. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3

CLAR 500: Ancient Egyptian Civilization:

Ancient Egyptian civilization from Pre-dynastic through Ptolemaic times: art, archaeology, literature, and religion with research use of Sutro Egyptian Collection.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3
Course Attributes: UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

CLAR 502: Ancient Egyptian Language and Literature:

Previous foreign lanuage study strongly recommended. Introduction to signs, vocabulary, grammar and syntax of Middle Egyptian language; learn to read texts fom funerary stelae, coffins, and short stories.

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Units: 3

CLAR 530: Greek Vase Painting:

Introduction to ancient Greek vase painting.

Prerequisite: One of CLAR 250, CLAR 507, CLAR 508, CLAR 515, CLAR 516, or consent of instructor.
Units: 3

CLAR 531: Greek Sculpture:

Development of Greek sculpture from the late 8th century through the 2nd century BCE. Emphasis on stylistic analysis, formal development, and interpretation both of free-standing figures and programmatic architectural sculpture as social and political documents.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Units: 3

CLAR 532: Greek and Roman Wall Painting:

Examination of the chronological development of Greek and Roman wall painting, focus on its architectural context and sociocultural significance.

Prerequisite: CLAR 250 or CLAR 420 or CLAR 425, or consent of instructor.
Units: 3

CLAR 535: Ancient Sicily and Southern Italy

Archaeological, historical, cultural study of Sicily and southern Italy from Bronze Age to Roman Empire, including material from Greek city-states. Roman period and indigenous peoples.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3

CLAR 540: Greece and the Near East:

Study of the intersection of the historiographical traditions and material records of ancient Greece and the Near East.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3

CLAR 545: Pompeii & Herculaneum: Cities in the Shadow of Vesuvius:

Core aspects of archaeology, daily life, art and history in the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Prerequisite: CLAR 250 or consent of instructor.
Units: 3

CLAR 555: Etruscan Art and Archaeology:

Examination of the material culture of the Etruscans in its historical context from the Late Bronze Age until the early 1st c. CE.

Prerequisites: CLAR 250 or CLAR 420 or CLAR 425 or consent of instructor.
Units: 3

CLAR 565: Monuments of the Eternal City: Ancient Rome:

Study of important monuments of Rome as evidence of its historical-political and artistic development from the 8th Century B.C.E. to the Fall of the Empire in the 5th Century C.E.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3

CLAR 570: Archaic Greece:

Investigation of material culture of Archaic Greece. Topics may include colonization, coinage, agriculture, development of sanctuaries, origin of new styles of sculpture and painting, burial practices, rise of the polis.

Prerequisite: CLAR 250 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Units: 3

CLAR 699: Independent Study:

Supervised study of a special archaeological problem to be selected by the student. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Units: 1-3