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Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology

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Congratulations, Matt! IPCAA's Matthew Naglak successfully defends his dissertation

"Activity and Rhythms in Roman Fora in the Republican and Early Imperial Periods"

Congratulations, Arianna! IPCAA's Arianna Zapellloni Pavia successfully defends her dissertation

"Cultural Change in the Religious Sphere of Ancient Umbria between the 6th and the 1st centuries BCE"

The Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA) offers a program of doctoral study in the arts and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds. Formally sponsored by the Departments of Classical Studies and History of Art, and located in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, IPCAA draws on a distinguished range of faculty in several disciplines and on the rich museum and library resources of the University of Michigan. With its self-consciously interdisciplinary character, IPCAA is today widely acknowledged as among the very top programs in the country for the professional training of graduate students in Classical Archaeology.

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IPCAA's logo, which features a mythological sea monster, is based on an image in a fragment of a Roman wall painting, acquired from Puteoli in 1923, and now in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (KM 2802). The marine motif emphasizes IPCAA’s Mediterranean focus, while the “hybrid” quality of the sea monster serves as a metaphor for the interdisciplinary character of the program.