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James, Sarah Assistant Professor

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  • Dr. James's research is focused on the Hellenistic (4th to 1st c. BC) ceramic assemblages of southern Greece. Her work is based on her own revised chronology and typology of Hellenistic pottery from Corinth, one of the largest cities in Greece and a major commercial center in the ancient Mediterranean. This analysis has expanded to include the entire region and has enabled a greater understanding of conditions in Greece before the coming of Rome. A further aspect of Dr. James's work involves examining import patterns at various cities in the Peloponnese to gain new information about land and maritime trade networks during the Hellenistic period. She is co-director of an archaeological survey of the western Argolid, assistant director of the archaeological excavations at Sikyon, and director of a new project in Dalmatia.

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  • classical archaeology, Hellenistic period, pottery, survey archaeology, ancient Mediterranean trade, ancient economy, ancient Greek art, excavation methodology, ceramic analysis

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Teaching

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  • ARTH 2029 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Emphasizes the origin of the Egyptian culture, its importance and its impact on other cultures. In addition, the different points of view of various scholars are discussed with a comparative study of the ancient Egyptian culture and modern culture of Egypt and the Middle East. Same as CLAS 2029. Formerly ANTH 1160.
  • ARTH 2039 - Greek Art and Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Covers prehistoric Aegean through the fourth century B.C.E., considering architecture, pottery, painting,sculpture, and personal ornament. Societal customs such as use of space and burial patterns are considered as well as art and its uses, to help understand developments in Greek culture. Same as CLAS 2039.
  • ARTH 4099 - Ancient Greek Sculpture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Understanding that Greek sculpture, like all visual media, was part of the fabric of ancient Greek life and expressed the values of its creators and audience is a valuable way to gain insights into the social, economic, and political world of ancient Greece. This course will examine the work of Greek sculptors from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period. Key stylistic and technical developments, as well as significant works of art, sculptors and workshops will be discussed in detail. Some issues we will consider are the physical, religious and/or socio-historical context of individual freestanding sculptures and how specific sculptural programs illustrate aspects of Greek culture. Iconographic and narrative choices made by artists working in stone, compared to other material, will also be addressed. Same as CLAS 5099, CLAS 4099 and ARTH 5099.
  • ARTH 4169 - Topics in Ancient and Classical Art and Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    In-depth consideration of an aspect of ancient Mediterranean culture. Topics vary and may include ancient wall painting, Greek sculpture, artists and patrons, the ancient Near East, Egyptian art and archaeology, or Etruscan art and archaeology. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours providing the topics are different. Same as ARTH 5169 and CLAS 4169 and CLAS 5169.
  • ARTH 5099 - Ancient Greek Sculpture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Understanding the Greek sculpture, like all visual media, was part of the fabric of ancient Greek life and expressed the values of its creators and audience is a valuable way to gain insights into the social, economic, and political world of ancient Greece. This course will examine the work of Greek sculptors from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period. Key stylistic and technical developments, as well as significant works of art, sculptors and workshops will be discussed in detail. Some issues we will consider are the physical, religious and/or socio-historical context of individual freestanding sculptures and how specific sculptural programs illustrate aspects of Greek culture. Iconographic and narrative choices made by artists working in stone, compared to other material, will also be addressed. Same as ARTH 4099, CLAS 4099, and CLAS 5099.
  • ARTH 5159 - Hellenistic Art and Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines art and archaeology from the period following the death of Alexander the Great (late fourth century B.C.E.) to the conquest of Greece by the Romans (middle second century B.C.E.). Same as CLAS 5159.
  • CLAS 2029 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Emphasizes the origin of the Egyptian culture, its importance and its impact on other cultures. In addition, the different points of view of various scholars are discussed with a comparative study of the ancient Egyptian culture and modern culture of Egypt and the Middle East. Same as ARTH 2029. Formerly ANTH 1160.
  • CLAS 2039 - Greek Art and Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Covers prehistoric Aegean through the fourth century B.C.E., considering architecture, pottery, painting, sculpture and personal ornament. Societal customs such as use of space and burial patterns are considered as well as art and its uses, to help understand developments in Greek culture. Same as ARTH 2039. Formerly CLAS 3039.
  • CLAS 4099 - Ancient Greek Sculpture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Understanding that Greek sculpture, like all visual media, was part of the fabric of ancient Greek life and expressed the values of its creators and audience is a valuable way to gain insights into the social, economic, and political world of ancient Greece. This course will examine the work of Greek sculptors from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period. Key stylistic and technical developments, as well as significant works of art, sculptors and workshops will be discussed in detail. Some issues we will consider are the physical, religious and/or socio-historical context of individual freestanding sculptures and how specific sculptural programs illustrate aspects of Greek culture. Iconographic and narrative choices made by artists working in stone, compared to other material, will also be addressed. Same as CLAS 5099, ARTH 4099 and ARTH 5099.
  • CLAS 4169 - Topics in Ancient and Classical Art and Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    In-depth consideration of an aspect of ancient Mediterranean culture. Topics vary and may include ancient wall painting, Greek sculpture, artists and patrons, the ancient Near East, Egyptian art and archaeology, or Etruscan art and archaeology. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours providing the topics are different. Same as CLAS 5169 and ARTH 4169 and ARTH 5169.
  • CLAS 5099 - Ancient Greek Sculpture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Understanding the Greek sculpture, like all visual media, was part of the fabric of ancient Greek life and expressed the values of its creators and audience is a valuable way to gain insights into the social, economic, and political world of ancient Greece. This course will examine the work of Greek sculptors from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period. Key stylistic and technical developments, as well as significant works of art, sculptors and workshops will be discussed in detail. Some issues we will consider are the physical, religious and/or socio-historical context of individual freestanding sculptures and how specific sculptural programs illustrate aspects of Greek culture. Iconographic and narrative choices made by artists working in stone, compared to other material, will also be addressed. Same as CLAS 4099, ARTH 4099 and ARTH 5099.
  • CLAS 5159 - Hellenistic Art and Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines art and archaeology from the period following the death of Alexander the Great (late fourth century B.C.E.) to the conquest of Greece by the Romans (middle second century B.C.E.). Same as ARTH 5159.

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