ARTH 3741

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017.

This course explores the visual arts of the Mediterranean region from the court of Alexander the Great to the principate of Augustus, the first Roman emperor. During the first half of the semester we will explore the civic, domestic and religious uses of sculpture, painting, architecture, and other media in major settlements of the Hellenistic world such as Alexandria, Pergamon and Rhodes, focusing on the third to first centuries BCE. In the second half of the semester, we will turn to the rise of the Roman empire and the relationship between native Italian artistic traditions and those of the Hellenized Mediterranean, as Republican Rome drew influences (and booty) from its conquered territories. Throughout the course we will examine visual images alongside relevant literary and archaeological material, emphasizing the role of the visual arts within broader aesthetic, intellectual and political trends.

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Recommended prerequisite: ARTH 2200, CLASS 2700.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: CLASS 3741

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16310ARTH 3741  SEM 101

  • Students will find it particularly helpful if they have first taken CLASS 2700/ARTH 2200 (“An Introduction to the Ancient World in 24 Objects”), though this is not a formal prerequisite.