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Kathryn R. Topper
CL AR 541
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Greek and Roman Art

In-depth study of selected topics and problems of the art of ancient Greece and Rome. Offered: jointly with ART H 541.

Class description

Greek Vase Painting

This seminar will focus on the painted pottery of ancient Greece, especially Athens in the 6th and 5th centuries BCE. Issues to be considered include: narrative structures in the imagery; relationships between vase painting and Greek literature; forms of visual humor; interactions between image and inscription; the visual representation of gender and sexuality; painted vases in their contexts of use (e.g., the symposium, religious festivals); and the relationship between vase painting and contemporary life. In addition to examining the images themselves, we will place a heavy emphasis on issues of interpretive method.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course is restricted to graduate students in Classics, art history, and ancient history, except with special permission from the instructor.

Class assignments and grading

Active participation in discussions, a 30-minute presentation (followed by a discussion period), and a 15-20 page research paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kathryn R. Topper
Date: 11/24/2013