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Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology

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Congratulations, Craig! IPCAA's Craig Harvey successfully defends his dissertation

"Imperial Ideals and Provincial Realities: The Construction of Baths in the Roman East"

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

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

The Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA) offers a program of doctoral study in the visual and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world. Sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies, the Department of the History of Art, and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, IPCAA draws on an interdisciplinary faculty body and on the rich museum and library resources of the University of Michigan. IPCAA students have the opportunity to participate in museum exhibitions and archaeological field projects directed by UM faculty, and they write dissertations on subjects ranging from Aegean prehistory to late antiquity.

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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.