Fine Arts | Classical Art & Archaeology
A206 | 16123 | Van Voorhis


This course is an introductory survey of classical art and
archaeology from the Bronze Age in Greece to the death of the Roman
emperor Constantine.  The course is divided into four units: pre-
classical Greece (with an emphasis on Knossos and Mycenae), archaic
and classical Greece (with an emphasis on Athens), the Hellenistic
world and the rise of Rome, and imperial Rome (including Rome,
Pompeii and Herculaneum, and several provinces).  The readings and
course lectures will combine the study of the major monuments of
classical art with an examination of archaeological methods and
practices, both past and present.  We will both examine the
objectives of archaeological research and discuss how archaeologists
interpret and reconstruct the past from excavated artifacts.  We
will also explore the works of art within their broader historical
and social context, with a focus on the relationship between art and
religion, politics social identity and status, trade and the
economy, and everyday life.  Contemporary issues in archaeology,
particularly archaeological ethics (including questions of
repatriation and the impact of the illegal trade in antiquities),
will also be addressed.