Prerequisite: Junior standing and ART 220 or HIST 365 or permission of the instructor. (Second semester—even years/4 credits)
This course aims to introduce the basic themes of Roman art and culture within a standard chronological framework. Starting with the precursors of Roman culture (the Villanovans, Etruscans, and Greeks), and ending with the transition to the Byzantine period, this course will consider the visual media (sculpture, painting, mosaic, architecture, inscriptions, and the decorative arts) that the Romans used to express cultural ideals and imperial authority, and to define themselves to the outside world. This course also focuses on the representation of Romans and the use of Roman art in modern media, from news reports on recent archaeological discoveries to children’s books and Hollywood movies.