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Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology

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art and archaeology

Term 1 (Wednesday, 7-9pm)

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Course Dates

25th October 2017 – 29th November 2017

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Course Leader

Diana Blumberg
Course Description

Course overview

In this 6-week course, we will explore the art and archaeology of the ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilisations. We will look at developments in ancient sculpture, architecture, pottery, wall paintings and other art forms alongside their social, economic and political contexts, from the earliest cultures in the Aegean through to the end of the Roman Empire. We will examine the materials and techniques used by ancient artists, interspersed with discussions of current issues in the scientific analysis and conservation of artworks and archaeological sites (Pompeii, for example).


Aims and learning outcomes

During this course you will:

  • Become familiar with the broad outlines of Classical chronology and Classical civilisation
  • Become acquainted with the development of and major themes in Classical art, architecture and archaeology
  • Learn basic terminology used in the study of Classical art, architecture and archaeology
  • Be introduced to current scientific research and conservation issues related to Classical art and archaeology


Summary of course content

This course will explore the following topics:

  • Introduction to Classical Art & Archaeology; the Aegean Bronze Age
  • The Geometric, Orientalizing & Archaic Periods in Greek Art
  • Greek Art of the 5th century BC
  • Greek Art of the 4th century BC & the Hellenistic Period
  • Etruscan Art and Rome’s Republican Period
  • Roman Imperial Public Art & Architecture
  • Roman Imperial Private Art & Architecture
  • Late Roman Art


 Summary of teaching and learning methods

This course will comprise the following activities:

  • Lectures illustrated with PowerPoint and video
  • Additional readings/handouts
  • Class discussions.

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