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Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program

The Program in Ancient Mediterranean Studies (AMS) is an interdisciplinary program that is a collaborative attempt to make the world of the ancient Mediterranean and its Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern cultures and their legacies and traditions an integral part of the humanities at Emory. To this end, AMS provides an interdisciplinary major among the fields of art history, classics, history, Middle Eastern studies, philosophy, and religion, presents colloquia and conferences, and offers opportunities for independent study and study abroad.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Cynthia Patterson
P7211764
Professor

Education

  • BA, Stanford University, 1971
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1976

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Ancient Greek social and intellectual history
  • Ancient Greek medicine
  • Ancient Greek historiography
  • Women and Gender in ancient Greece and Rome
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Cynthia Patterson
P7211764
Professor

Education

  • BA, Stanford University, 1971
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1976

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Ancient Greek social and intellectual history
  • Ancient Greek medicine
  • Ancient Greek historiography
  • Women and Gender in ancient Greece and Rome
Core Faculty
Peter Bing
P6886375
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BA, Bowdoin College, 1976
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1978
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1981

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Greek literature
  • Archaic and Hellenistic poetry
  • Greek and Roman drama
Sandra Blakely
P9863852
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Brigham Young University, 1982
  • PhD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1998

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Greek material culture
  • Greek and Roman religion
  • anthropology of the ancient world
Oded Borowski
P6202179
Professor

Education

  • Other, Midrasha (Detroit), 1968
  • BA, Wayne State University, 1970
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1972
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1979

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
R. Bracht Branham
P9657609
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1976
  • BA, University of Cambridge, 1978
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1983

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • classics and comparative literature
  • rhetoric and philosophy
Kevin Corrigan
P0798432
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities

Education

  • BA, Lancaster University, 1975
  • MA, Dalhousie University, 1977
  • PhD, Dalhousie University, 1980

Departments

  • Institute of the Liberal Arts, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • classics and classical studies
  • philosophy
  • history of ideas
  • Platonic and neo-Platonic thought
  • literature
  • religion
  • mysticism
  • medieval studies
  • Latin at Oxford
Katrina Dickson
P4962803
Lecturer

Education

  • Ph.D, Emory University, 2002
  • MA, Emory University, 1996
  • BA, Duke University, 1989

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • art/archeology of Greece and Rome
  • Latin literature
  • women in antiquity
  • Roman sculpture, politics and propaganda in ancient art
Judith Evans-Grubbs
P1995380
Betty Gage Holland Professor of Roman History

Education

  • Ph.D, Stanford University, 1987
  • BA, Emory University, 1978

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
Philippa Lang
P5996714
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Jesus College, University of Cambridge, 1997
  • MA, Jesus College, University of Cambridge, 2000
  • MPhil, Jesus College, University of Cambridge, 1997
  • PhD, Darwin College, University of Cambridge, 2002

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
Roxani Margariti
P2783058
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University College, 1990
  • MA, Texas A & M University, 1998
  • PhD, Princeton University, 2002

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
Jonathan Master
P5657902
Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, Princeton University, 2007
  • BA, Columbia University, 2001

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Roman Historiography
  • Ancient Ethnography
  • Post-Augustan Latin
Gordon Newby
P9733863
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Utah, 1962
  • MA, Brandeis University, 1964
  • PhD, Brandeis University, 1966

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty
Cynthia Patterson
P7211764
Professor

Education

  • BA, Stanford University, 1971
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1976

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Ancient Greek social and intellectual history
  • Ancient Greek medicine
  • Ancient Greek historiography
  • Women and Gender in ancient Greece and Rome
Richard Patterson
P7155033
Professor

Education

  • BA, Stanford University, 1969
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1974

Departments

  • Philosophy, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • ancient philosophy
  • metaphysics
  • philosophy of mind
  • logic
Christine Perkell
P8507697
Professor

Education

  • BA, Wellesley College, 1967
  • PhD, Harvard University, 1977

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Latin literature
  • epic poetry
  • women's studies
  • the ancient novel
Vernon Robbins
P8034670
Professor

Education

  • BA, Westmar College, 1960
  • MDiv, United Theological Seminary, 1963
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1966
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1969

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • New Testament
  • comparative sacred texts
Rosemary (Gay) Robins
P7497891
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, University of Cambridge, 1982
  • D.Phil, University of Oxford, 1981
  • BA, University of Durham, 1975
  • BA, University of Durham, 1972

Departments

  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
Niall Slater
P0706680
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Latin and Greek

Education

  • BA, College of Wooster, 1976
  • MA, Princeton University, 1978
  • PhD, Princeton University, 1981

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • drama
  • novel
  • archaeology of the theater
Garth Tissol
P2224502
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1974
  • MA, University of Washington, 1976
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1980
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1988

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Latin literature
  • Hellenistic poetry
  • English literature
Eric Varner
P1884671
Associate Professor

Education

  • AB, Princeton University, 1985
  • MPhil, Yale University, 1988
  • PhD, Yale University, 1993

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • art history
  • classics
  • Roman art and archeology
Bonna Wescoat
P8556958
Professor

Education

  • BA, Smith College, 1976
  • MA, University of London, 1977
  • MPhil, University of Oxford, 1979
  • DPhil, University of Oxford, 1983

Departments

  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Greek art and architecture
  • archaeology

Courses

Ancient Mediterranean Studies 100-Level Courses
ANCMED 101: Intro to Anc't Med Societies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Social, anthropological, and cultural aspects of two or more ancient Mediterranean cultures from a comparative perspective.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANCMED 190: Freshman Seminar
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variable topics course introducing students to the interrelated cultures and histories of the ancient Mediterranean world. Emphasis is on the study and interpretation of primary texts and objects, including those in Emory's Carlos Museum

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Ancient Mediterranean Studies 200-Level Courses
ANCMED 201R: Mediterranean Archaeology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Cultural history of the ancient Mediterranean through an examination of the materials, methods, and history of archaeology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANCMED 202R: Literature & Traditions
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Interdisciplinary study of texts and themes from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Near East, and their reception in Western and Near Eastern traditions from antiquity to the present.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Ancient Mediterranean Studies 400-Level Courses
ANCMED 495A: Honors Independent Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Honors thesis research and writing.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ANCMED 495BW: Honors Independent Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Honors thesis research and writing.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ANCMED 498: Independent Writing
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Senior research project for AMS majors.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Undergraduate research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable

Honors Program

If the student qualifies for and chooses to do honors, an honors thesis of substantially greater length (consult the director for full requirements) will substitute for the Senior Research Project. The student who qualifies for and chooses to pursue honors will take AMS 495R, Honors Independent Writing, for the two terms preceding the degree, and the honors thesis will be submitted according to the requirements. (In some circumstances, AMS 498R may substitute for the first of the two terms.) If the student fails to complete the honors project, the student will still be required to submit a paper of not less than 20 pages in length which will count as the student’s senior research project.

See “Honors Program” under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult the department for further details.