Ancient Art

Valerie S. Grash, Ancient Art, Spring 2018

Course Description:

Far more often than we do today, ancient cultures took notice of their natural surroundings and integrated their understanding of the universe with their everyday lives. Solar, lunar, stellar and planetary alignments were often referenced in their art and architecture, not to mention in their religious beliefs and concepts of life and death, as well as in the creation of their universe and in the end of time.

This course will focus on the art and architecture of ancient cultures with this general theme in mind. Our approach will be roughly chronological, but also involve cross-cultural influences, thus a thorough understanding of ancient history is important; a good amount of time will also be spent examining singular monuments and individuals in historical context. Through directed readings, we will also discover ancient myths and legends, as well as documents and treatises related to political power and everyday life. By connecting them to specific works of art and architecture, we can better understand the intention and reception of visual images and constructed form in the ancient world.

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Valerie S. Grash, Ancient Art, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course examines the artistic and cultural traditions of the ancient world, including the ancient Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome. Religious, literary, and political documents are analyzed to better understand the form and function of ancient sculpture, painting and architecture.

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Valerie S. Grash, Ancient Art , Fall 2012

Course Description:

This course examines in full or in part the artistic and cultural traditions of the ancient world, including the ancient Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome. Religious, literary, and political documents are analyzed to better understand the form and function of ancient sculpture, painting and architecture.

Required Texts:

There is no required textbook for this course. Rather, we will depend on a collection of original source material and scholarly writings posted on the course web site.

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