Fine Arts | Art of the Roman Empire
A312 | 7221 | Van Voorhis, Julie


This course will investigate the visual culture of ancient Rome and
its territories from the emergence of Augustus as sole leader of the
empire in 31 B.C. to Constantine’s transfer of the imperial capital
from Rome to Constantinople in A.D. 330.  In the course, we will
explore the full repertoire of Roman artistic production, including
architecture, sculpture, painting, and so-called “minor arts.”
Issues of artistic style, production technique, patronage, and
function will be examined in order to reconstruct both how works of
art operated within the fabric of Roman society and how they
appeared to the ancient Roman viewer.  The organization of the
course combines a traditional chronological framework with
discussions of different social and cultural themes, such as class,
gender and religion.