FA 323 Art of Classical Antiquity, 3 credits
The different units of this course reflect the main chronological stages in art development in Ancient Greece and Rome, from the coming together of the Greek city-state and the emergence of Geometric Art (around 900 B.C.) to the fourth century A.D. shift that took place within Roman culture and art due to the growing influence of Christianity. We will explore the development of Greek architecture, sculpture, and painting up to the Hellenistic period, when Greek art began to influence new parts of the globe through the conquests of Alexander the Great. We will then turn our attention to Roman art, studying its development from the time of the Roman Republic, a period that overlaps with Greece’s Classical and Hellenistic periods, to the waning of the Western Roman Empire. You will learn that while Roman art was, to a large extent, inspired by Greek art, it also developed its own distinctive characteristics. The artistic traditions of Ancient Greece and Rome ultimately served as the foundation for the art of the Western world; these traditions continue to reverberate to the present day.