Graduate Seminar: Sensations: Cultural Histories of the Senses in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Diliana Angelova, Benjamin Porter
This graduate seminar draws on the recent analytical turn toward the senses to investigate the different ways in which Ancient Mediterranean societies experienced their material worlds. It examines senses-centered scholarship that engages visual, textual, and archaeological records, ranging from the first millennium BCE to the middle ages, as well as theoretical works that articulate the cultural and historical discourses that shape perception. Sample topics include: the meaning of color in Ancient Mesopotamia, the sound of Hagia Sophia, fragrance in religious ritual, vision and visuality.
Graduate students from all departments and programs are welcome.