Fine Arts | Classical Art & Archaeology
A206 | 2302 | Klein

This course is an introductory survey of the art and
archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome from prehistoric times to
the 4th century A.D.  Lectures 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
city state (emphasis on Archaic and Classical Athens), and the
monuments of the Roman Empire (Augustan Rome, Pompeii and
Herculaneum).  Special attention will be given to the development
of Greek and Roman architecture, sculpture and painting.  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; and 2) to explore
ways of "looking" at archaeological remains (both large and
small, both on site and in the museum) and 3) to see some of the
issues and problems involved in archaeological interpretation and
in the ways we attempt to reconstruct the past using this
This course meets with CLAS C206.