Ancient Mediterranean Art (HAA 230.301)
Arts & Letters Hall 203
Monday and Wednesday 1:00-2:30
Office: 2315 N. Kenmore, Suite 411.7
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00-12:30
and by appointment
This course may be taken to fulfill a requirement for the Arts and Literature learning domain. Courses in this domain ask students to extend their knowledge and experience of the arts while developing their critical and reflective abilities. In these courses, students will interpret and analyze particular creative works, investigate the relations of form and meaning, and through critical and/or creative activity come to experience art with greater openness, insight, and enjoyment. These courses focus on works of art or literature as such, though the process of analysis may also include social and cultural issues. Work in this domain includes literature, the visual arts, media arts, the performing arts, music and theater. Students will complete three courses in this learning domain, with no more than two courses coming from the same department or program.
This course introduces students to the art of ancient civilizations in the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, paying particular attention to the ways in which that art reveals the continuity and/or transformation of ambitions and ideals in religious, political, and social realms throughout these thousands of years. In addition to familiarizing students with important works from foundational civilizations, the goal is to provide a chronological and geographical framework for understanding artistic production as well as the tools for reading and interpreting works of art in general.
This course is designed to combine lecture and discussion in every meeting. To that end, the readings will be accompanied by “reading questions.” The aim of these questions is to promote independent thought on a number of topics prior to lectures and to ready students to participate in the analysis of art. That said, it is crucial to keep up with the reading assignments from Marilyn Stokstad and Michael W. Cothren’s Art History: Ancient Art, as well as the supplementary readings of original-source documents and secondary scholarship. As the lectures will cover material not found in the readings, it is essential that you attend all classes. In the event of extreme circumstances that force you to miss one of these classes, you should get lecture notes from a fellow student.
Your grade for this course will be based on two exams, four reading response papers (more information about these follows), five surprise quizzes, and a paper (on this, see separate handout). The complete breakdown of final grade percentages is listed below.
Midterm Exam (May 1):
Final Paper (June 5)
Final Exam (June 10):
4 Response Papers (due prior to discussion)
20% (each essay is worth 5 points) 5 Quizzes (surprise)
10% (each quiz is worth 2 points)
N.B. Absolutely no make-up exams will be scheduled, except in the case of extreme illness or valid family emergencies. In all cases, I must be notified before the exam and expect to be provided with proper documentation of the emergency declared. Response papers submitted late will receive an automatic penalty of .4 points per day (i.e. an essay worth 5 points would receive 4.6 if one day late). Final papers will be penalized one grade for every day they are late.
All of the supporting materials for this course are available on our D2L site. Under “Content” you will find this handout (with the syllabus), the paper handout, the additional (non-textbook) readings, and exam study guides; under “News” you will find questions for the (non-textbook) readings.
Required Text and Additional Readings
Marilyn Stokstad and Michael W. Cothren, Art History: Ancient Art, Book 1 of Portable Editions (New...
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