Honors | Ancient and Medieval Art
A101 | 2033 | J. Van Voorhis


3:35-4:25pm  W  FA 005

During the semester we will examine famous buildings and art objects
dating from around 4000 B.C. to 1400 A.D. The primary objective of the
course is to understand the civilizations of the important periods of
antiquity and the Middle Ages by means of an examination of their
visual material remains. For example, we will learn what the pyramids
and colossal sphinx tell us about ancient Egyptian civilization, what
the Acropolis and Parthenon of Athens tell us about the high point of
Greek civilization, and what Gothic cathedrals with their sculptures
and stained glass windows tell us about the middle ages and
Christianity. We will be taking a look not only at actual works of art
but also archaeology, religions, society, and literature and other
salient remains of culture.

Understanding the material will be enhanced through the availability
of a digitized color image databank available to registered students
on campus or from local home computers. Sometimes working in teams,
honors students will be assigned a few additional readings in order to
explore selected topics in greater depth. We will visit the IU Art
Museum where you will go on a scavenger hunt.

Course requirements include four 50-minute examinations, of which
three are required, and a grade in discussion section based on
attendance, participation, quizzes, and a 5 or 6 page paper near the
end of the course…