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Anna D. Kartsonis
Seattle Campus

Art, Religion, and Politics in the Early Christian Period, 300-700 AD

Evolution of the art of the early Christian period (300-700 AD) in the context of contemporary religious, political, and cultural developments. Recommended: some background in Byzantine art or history. Offered: jointly with ART H 452.

Class description

The course will trace the dramatic transformation of the pagan Roman empire to the christian Byzantine Empire during the Late Antique and Early Christian periods through the artistic and visual culture of the time. Starting with the third century and ending with the beginning of the eighth c. A.D. it will focus primarily on the art of the State and the art of the Church as reflections and witnesses of the political, and religious factors that contributed dynamically to the modification of the institutional structure of the pagan Roman empire, and gave rise to its new identity, the christian empire of Byzantium that came to represent a new ideal of statehood that prevailed for more than a millennium.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction


Recommended preparation

Courses in any of the following areas: Roman-, Late Antique-, Early Christian-, Medieval-Art History, -Religion, -History, -Literature.

Class assignments and grading

Textbooks, Assigned Articles

Quizes, Exam, Paper, Class Participation

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 Anna D. Kartsonis
Date: 02/01/2002