Fine Arts | Art & Life In Ancient Rome
A214 | 26682 | Deliyannis
During the Roman imperial period, architects and artists
produced a wide range of buildings, sculpture, paintings, pottery,
metalwork, carved gems and jewelry, coins and medallions, and
textiles. We now categorize many of these objects as "works of art"
and view them in the austere galleries of the world's art museums.
In antiquity, however, these objects were displayed in different
public and private settings where they fulfilled a variety of
functions: temples and cult statues were erected to honor the gods;
civic buildings and statues were set up to serve the administrative
needs of the government and to promote the political agenda of the
ruling power; domestic decor was purchased to affirm the status and
good taste of the homeowner; and funerary monuments were produced to
commemorate the dead. This course will examine Roman art within the
context of daily life, addressing questions about how art objects
were used, where they were displayed, and who would have seen them.
We will also explore how works of art can be used as evidence to
help us reconstruct the daily activities, societal roles, and
beliefs of the Roman people. The course is organized thematically
around different spheres of Roman life, including politics,
religion, business and commerce, spectacle and entertainment,
domestic life, and the lives of women and children.
Requirements will include three or four short papers, two tests and
a final exam.