Fine Arts | Classical Art & Archaeology
A206 | 16611 | Glowacki


This course is an introductory survey of the art and
archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome from prehistoric times to the
1st century A.D. Lectures, readings & 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 "palatial" civilizations of the
Aegean basin (Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece), the Greek polis
or "city-state" (emphasis on Archaic and Classical Athens), and the
cities & monuments of the Roman Empire (Augustan Rome, Pompeii and
Herculaneum). Special attention will be given to the formal
development, function, and context of Greek and Roman art &
architecture, as well as to issues of trade & contact with other
civilizations in the ancient Mediterranean. We will also consider
the use of art & archaeology in politics & propaganda (both ancient
& modern), current problems & controversies in classical
archaeology, methods of recovery, and current issues of
archaeological ethics & the consequences of illegal trade in
antiquities.
	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 & Roman past using this
evidence.

No Prerequisites.  This course fulfills Art and Humanities–
Literature and the Arts (AHLA)
Distribution requirement and Culture Studies–List A (CSA) requirement