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Margaret L Laird
ART H 309
Seattle Campus

Topics in Art History

Topics vary.

Class description

The course will survey the art and archaeology of Italy from the Bronze Age to ca. 100 BCE. We will pay particular attention to the Etruscan civilization and the Greek colonies of Magna Graecia, especially civic and religious architecture, art, and funerary practices. The course will also consider indigenous Italic cultures and the ways in which the archaeological record reflects the interactions of these various groups and the rise of Rome.

Student learning goals

Identify important objects, monuments, and works of art from Etruscan, colonial Greek, and Italic contexts.

Understand and explain how cultural contact between the various cultures of early Italy influenced the art and architecture produced on the peninsula.

Critically analyze works of art in discussion and in writing, and use your analysis to develop and advance your own ideas about ancient societies.

Master technical terms used to describe art and architecture.

General method of instruction

Illustrated lectures and class discussion of assigned readings.

Recommended preparation

General Education; 200-level introductory Art History course or introductory courses in the Ancient world (Classics or ancient history) suggested, but not required. This class requires participants to memorize names, dates, and other information about works of art and architecture.

Class assignments and grading

Readings from textbook and e-reserve; review of visual material; writing assignments.

Miterm, Final exam; quizzes; written assignments


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 Margaret L Laird
Date: 10/31/2011