Classical Studies | CLASSICAL ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY
C206 | 0990 | 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.C.
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
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 & monuments of the Roman Empire
(Augustan Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum). Special attention will be given
to the development of Greek and Roman art & architecture, as well as to
issues of trade & contact with other cultures & 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 (such as
survey, excavation, & 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 & Roman past using this evidence.
This lecture course meets two times per week (MW 9:30a-10:45a FA 102).
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/".