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ART 550 Classical Art and Archaeology (Humanities Elective)

(3 credits) 

This course examines the artistic production and archaeological discovery of the classical age—from the emergence of Greek culture after the Bronze Age to the reign of Constantine (Rome’s first Christian emperor). Both the technological innovations and stylistic developments characteristic of this period will be studied in the major genres of visual representation: painting, sculpture, architecture, mosaic and the decorative arts. Readings and lectures on the history, literature, philosophy and daily life of the Greeks and Romans will supplement the visual material. The placement of these objects and monuments within their cultural context will emphasized, with the ultimate goal being a theoretical understanding of the function(s) of art within classical cultures. Finally, the impact of classical art and culture on later periods of western civilization will be discussed, as well as issues of archaeology and cultural property.