Mediterranean Connectivity

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Doel vak

Students who will have successfully completed this course will
- have acquired an in-depth knowledge of recent ideas about
Mediterranean interconnectivity and of key analytical tools and
theoretical concepts that are used to study Mediterranean
- have developed the ability to implement these tools, theories and
concepts to case studies related to the second and first millennia BC;
- have developed a clear insight into the long-term history of
Mediterranean interconnectivity during the second and first millennia
- be able to relate these insights to the wider debates about
globalization and inter culturality.

Inhoud vak

Centre-stage stand long-term developments in Mediterranean
interconnectivity during the second and first millennia BC and,
especially, the models and theories that have been used to study these

The course starts with an introductory lecture that reflects on the
historical and cultural definition of the Mediterranean and provides an
outline of the historiography of Mediterranean studies, with a focus on
developments over the last 20 years. In each of the following seven
sessions, we will discuss a set of theoretical concepts on the basis of
key literature and a number of case studies. The theoretical issues and
case studies are arranged in such a way that they together will give you
a diachronic overview of important phases of interconnectedness (and
disconnectedness) in the ancient Mediterranean (from prehistory to the
Roman World)

Each week has two sessions (Monday and Thursday). During the Monday
session, one of the tutors introduces the topic by discussing relevant
theoretical concepts, illustrated with the help of particular
archaeological cases. At home you prepare an assignment on the basis of
two or three articles or book chapters. This has to result in a short
essay of about three pages (max. 1500 words) which you submit at the
beginning of the week’s second session on Thursday. In the Thursday
session we go through the literature that you have read in detail and
discuss the outcomes of your essay.


Seminars, 2 x 2 hours per week


- The weekly written reports are aimed at course objectives 1 and 2. The
papers will be judged on the degree they reflect the Monday class and
the assigned literature, on their quality/originality and on language
and grammar. (40%)
- Prenstation of literature, aimed at objectives 3 and 4. Weekly one of
the students discusses the literature for that week and applies it to
that week's case study (30%)
- Group discussion of the written report and participation in the
general discussions are aimed at course objectives 1 and 2. The
participation will be judged on the degree in which they indicate
understanding of the issues at hand (30%)


Pdfs will be made available during the course.


This course is accessible for (Research) Master students Archaeology;
Ancient History, Classics and Ancient Civilisations and Historical

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

This module is taught at the UvA by dr. G.J.M. van Wijngaarden (UvA) (UvA subject code 140412246Y). Module registration with a UvaNetID at the UvA is required. Please note that course registration periods at the UvA and VU differ. For a ‘step-by-step guide to course and exam registration’ and the ‘dates for course and exam registration’ please consult the ‘course and exam registration’-page via the ‘A-Z list’ of your MA programme on

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_AAMAARC017
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. G.J.M. van Wijngaarden
Docenten dr. G.J.M. van Wijngaarden

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