Classical Studies | CLASSICAL ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY
C206 | 0958 | 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.

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/".