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.
This course evaluates the visual culture and archaeological remains of the Greek lands from the “Bronze Age” to the end of the Hellenistic period. In this course, we not only examine the visual characteristics of the architecture, painting, and sculpture of ancient Greece, but also interpret those characteristics within their historical and cultural context. We study the major religious, funerary, and social rituals of the ancient Greeks and how the archaeological remains inform us of those activities. (Course offered in alternate years.)
This course is a chronological introduction to the art, architecture, and archaeology of the ancient Roman world from the Republic to the time of Constantine. We will investigate what the Romans themselves considered “art” the be and how to historically contextualize the variety of Roman visual culture, including not only sculpture and architecture, but also fresco painting, coins, gemstones, and urban infrastructure and design.
This course will address the material remains of the ancient Mediterranean, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Aegean, Greece, Etruria, and Rome. By examining the history of the rediscovery of the classical world we will come to understand “How do we know what we know about antiquity?” through the personalities and methodologies of more than two centuries of archaeological practice.
This course will focus on Pompeii and Herculaneum, also addressing material from sites like Stabiae, Boscoreale, Boscotrecase, and Oplontis. We will examine these cities as case studies of archaeology, Roman urbanism, and a particular period of Roman art. We will also consider the impact of the rediscovery of these lost cities on the 19th century world. Previous completion of Art 151 or Art 219 is strongly recommended but not required. (Course offered every third year.)