Bridget A. Langley
ART H 342
Roman architecture and art, with emphasis on the innovations of the Romans; illustrated by slides. Offered: jointly with CL AR 342.
We will survey the artistic, architectural, and other material remains from Rome and the Roman empire between the 8th century BCE and the 4th century CE. From vibrant wall paintings to the soaring arches of aqueducts, we will consider the ways that Roman citizens and emperors used art to shape the world around them. We will proceed chronologically, and consider such topics as the relationship between art and social status, the use of art as political propaganda, art as evidence for Roman life and thought, and the modern management of ancient cultural property.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Slide-based lectures, with some student discussion.
There are no prerequisites for this course, but some prior knowledge of Classics or art history is helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Three exams, one short response paper (2 pages), participation in periodic discussions.