Honors | Classical Art & Archaeology
C206 | 0960 | K. Glowacki


This lecture course is an introductory survey of the art and
archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome from prehistoric times to the
1st century A.D. Readings and assignments will focus on the nature and
objectives of classical archaeology and its contribution to our
understanding of the past. There are three main areas of
concentration: the pre-classical civilizations of the Aegean basin
(especially Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece), the Greek polis or
city-state (emphasis on Archaic and Classical Athens), and the cities
and monuments of the Roman Empire (Augustan Rome, Pompeii and
Herculaneum). Special attention will be given to the development of
Greek and Roman art and architecture, as well as to issues of trade
and contact with other cultures and civilizations in the ancient
Mediterranean. We will also consider the use of art and archaeology in
politics and propaganda (both ancient and modern), current problems
and controversies in classical archaeology, methods of recovery (such
as survey, excavation, and museum study), and issues of archaeological
ethics.

The principal goals of the course are 1) to provide an introduction to
the major monuments of ancient Greece and Rome and to the history and
methods of classical  archaeology; 2) to explore ways of looking at
archaeological remains (both large and small, both on site and in the
museum); 3) to understand the importance of context in the study of
ancient art; and 4) to see some of the issues and problems involved in
archaeological interpretation and in the ways we attempt to
reconstruct the Greek and roman past using this evidence.

Students taking this class for Honors credit must also enroll in the
Honors discussion sections (H299) will meet for one additional hour
each week. Students in this section will be asked to do additional
readings and occasional short reports in a seminar format.

There are no prerequisites. This course fulfills Art and Humanities -
Literature and the Arts (AHLA), Distribution requirement and Culture
Studies -- List A (CSA) requirement. Prospective students who already
have an IU Network ID are invited to browse the current class homepage
at (www.indiana.edu/~ca206/).