(Second semester—odd years/3 credits)
This course examines the artistic production and archaeological discovery of the classical age – from the emergence of Greek culture after the Bronze Age to the reign of Constantine (Rome’s first Christian emperor). Both the technological innovations and stylistic developments characteristic of this period are studied in the major genres of visual representation: painting, sculpture, architecture, mosaic, and the decorative arts. The placement of these objects and monuments within their cultural context is emphasized, with the ultimate goal being a theoretical understanding of the function(s) of art within classical cultures. In-class discussion of primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient history, art, and culture is expected. Finally, students can explore the impact of classical art and culture on later periods of western civilization, as well as issues of archaeology and cultural property.