Course Description

This course is a survey of Classical art: the arts in the Aegean, Greek, Hellenistic and Roman worlds, from Troy to the fall of Rome. Ancient Greek and Roman painting, sculpture and architecture will be studied in light of recent scholarship in art history, classics and archaeology. Topic examples include: royal palaces on Crete, Agamemnon's golden mask and the treasure of Mycenae, Aphrodite of Knidos, the Parthenon and the Acropolis, Athenian pottery, the Hellenistic Altar of Zeus in Pergamon, Etruscan tombs, Emperor Augustus's statues and his Ara Pacis, the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trajan's column, Arch of Constantine, Roman catacombs, Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii and more. Also compare repeated resurgence of classical art in Western culture, termed Classicism, learning both from their differences and their similarities.


Note:This extensive study of a period in ancient Mediterranean history, society and arts is an excellent companion to the Classical Mythology course.

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