The Seven Wonders: Ancient & Modern

   Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10, 17


COURSE DESCRIPTION: We’ve all heard of the seven wonders of the world, but what makes a structure a “wonder”? In this course we will examine ancient texts, explorers’ accounts, and modern archaeological investigations to understand the lives and afterlives of these monuments. What can these monuments tell us about the ancient civilizations who built them, the Greeks who admired them, and the modern archaeologists and historians who study them? We will also consider how modern people have continued to make lists of seven wonders or designate modern monuments as the “eighth wonder.”

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INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. ERIN WARFORD, Adjunct Professor, Departments of Classics

Dr. Warford has taught courses on Greek and Roman mythology, archaeology, and intellectual history. She is particularly interested in historical memory—how the Greeks and Romans passed down their own history and cultural traditions, and how Classical civilizations are remembered in modern Western culture. Dr. Warford has a forthcoming article about how religious processions and festivals contributed to Athenians’ cultural memory and identity. She has traveled widely in Italy and Greece and has participated in archaeological excavations in Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

In 2018 Dr. Warford received the Excellence in Adjunct Teaching award from Hilbert College, where she teaches world history and culture.

This course offers CTLE credit for anyone interested. Please see instructor for details.