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CLASS_220_2007_final - CLASS 220/ARTH 220 Introduction to...

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CLASS 220/ARTH 220: Introduction to Art History: The Classical World Lecture: MWF, 10:10-11:00, Sections: T 11:15-12:05, W 12:20-1:10; F 1:25-2:15 Instructor: Kim Bowes Email: [email protected] Office: Goldwin Smith G27 (in basement) Phone: 255-0538 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00-12:00; 4:15-5:00 TA: Mary Fellman Email: [email protected] Phone: Office Hours: Monday, 12:30-2pm, 345 Goldwin Smith The cultures of Greece and Rome, what we call ‘classical antiquity,’ stand like bookends between the Iron Age and the Middle Ages, bounding a period of over a thousand years of cultural achievement in the Mediterranean. Our own modern western civilization rests on the political, philosophical and scientific roots planted during this period. But Greece and Rome were more than Plato and Cicero. This course tells the story of what it was like to live in these times, how people lived and died, what they did for work, where they lived, and how they worshipped. This story is told principally using the medium of material culture, that is, the art, architecture, pottery and coins produced by these societies. We will examine both the bold and sexy, and the small and humble, from the Parthenon to wooden huts, from the Aphrodite of Knidos to the bones of a fisherman named Peter. We will also look at the textual evidence, both to compare and contrast it with the stories told from bones and stones, and to hear the actual voices of people who lived in this world. Course Aims and Requirements: The aim of the course is two-fold; first, to familiarize you with the major monuments and social trends from the Late Bronze Age to Late Antiquity and second, to familiarize you with the methods and challenges of art and archaeological inquiry. Thus, each lecture is designed both to convey a certain amount of information, while the all- important section meetings will provide you a set of skills – both analytical and methodological. Readings: Many of the readings have been drawn from two text books available at the bookstore: J. Pedley, Greek Art and Archaeology , 4th ed. Prentice Hall, 2007. ISBN: 0-13-240934-8 F. Kleiner, A History of Roman Art , Thompson/Wadsworth, 2007. ISBN: 0-534-63846-5 Other readings (marked with an asterisk*) will be taken from book chapters and articles placed on Ereserve. The readings are essential background to the lectures, and include a basic historial outline and maps. Optional readings are included for those intending to major in art history or archaeology, or who want more information on a given topic. Finally, I’ve included WWW links under each topic to sites of recent or ongoing excavations, so that you can get a sense of what’s going on now in areas that interest you, and to find potential summer dig opportunities. 1
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Images: You will be responsible for learning (i.e. memorizing) a certain number of images, on which you will be tested in quizzes and exams. Image lists will be handed out in each lecture and posted on Blackboard. Most of these images can be found in your textbook, while others will be available on ArtStor, the image database we will use in this class. Information on using ArtStor
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