Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Classical Art and Archaeology

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Classics and Archaeology

DESCRIPTION This study-unit surveys the broad subject of Greek and Roman archaeology with a particular focus on the artistic evidence. The study-unit will first outline the historical parameters of the Greek and Roman periods, providing the backdrop for a more in-depth discussion on the artistic merits of the classical world. The study-unit will then focus more specifically on the following topics: (1) an outline of the basic notions of Greek and Roman architecture by tracing the development of the plans, elevations, and styles of major Greek and Roman-period public buildings and houses; (2) an overview of Greek painted pottery and large-scale painting; and (3) an overview of the main developments of Greek and Roman-period sculpture, portraiture and historical reliefs.

Study-unit Aims:

To guide students through the overabundance of literature on the subject;
To provide them with basic knowledge of Greek and Roman architecture;
To provide them with a sequential overview of Greek painting on pottery;
To provide them with a sequential overview of Greek sculpture;
To provide them with a sequential overview of Roman sculpture.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Place the development of Greek and Roman art in their historical context;
2. Compare and contrast the basic elements of Greek and Roman architecture;
3. List the key development of Greek vase painting;
4. List the key artistic developments of Greek sculpture in terms of iconography and style;
5. Explain the origins of Roman sculpture and list the main lines of development of Roman portraiture and historical relief.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Identify the orders of Greek and Roman architecture;
2. Identify individual Greek and Roman works of art and place them in their chronological sequence from their stylistic and iconographic characteristics;
3. Read any work of art and apply the technical and stylistic terminology learnt during the study-unit.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text books

Richter, G.M.A., Handbook of Greek Art (9th ed., London 1987) [N5630.R5 1999]
J.G. Pedley, Greek Art and Archaeology (5th ed., Prentice Hall 2012) [N5630.P43 2002; DEF130 .P44 2012]
Henig, M. (ed.) (1993) A Handbook of Roman Art. (Oxford: Phaidon 1983) [N5760.B75; N5760.H359]
Ramage N.H. & A. Ramage, Cambridge Illustrated History of Roman Art (Cambridge U.P. 1991) [N5760.R36 2000]


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Anthony Bonanno

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