ART 209 Art and Architecture of the Ancient Near East and Egypt

Spring, Fall

This course explores the art and architecture of the ancient Near East and Egypt. The chronological survey will examine the materials, techniques, categories of artifacts, and conventions (of both form and subject matter) of these cultures with a significant emphasis on the social, political, and religious contexts in which they were created. The rediscovery and study of these cultures in the 19th and 20th centuries, the treatment of the people of these cultures as Others by the West, and ethical issues related to the appropriation of this material by Westerners will be discussed as a window into our understanding of the societies. Students will approach ancient cultures through the eyes of art historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists. (Course offered in alternate years.)

Prerequisite: Survey of Western Art recommended, but not required.

Degree Requirements

Ancient Studies Elective
Archaeology Elective