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ARTH 209

History of Greek and Roman Art

Fall, 2013

Tuesday evenings: 5:30-8:00; FAC 166.

Dr. Allen S. Farber

303 Fine Arts Center - 436-2558; E-Mail:

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-11:00 and Wednesday, 1:00-3:00, or by appointment. Notes can be left in my mailbox in 222 FAC, or messages can be left through Voice-Mail at 6-2558. I would also encourage you to communicate with me over E-Mail.

Catalog Description:

Surveys the development of the visual arts of the Greek and Roman worlds. Examines origins of Greek art in the Minoan-Mycenaean civilizations; the development of art in the historical phases of Greek civilization from Archaic through Hellenistic; and the visual arts of the Roman Empire.

Purposes of this Course:

1) To acquaint you with the major monuments of Greek and Roman art.

2) To acquaint you with the variety of ways scholars have approached the art of this period, and to give you the opportunity to read, think, and write critically about art and art history.

Course Format:

1) Although this is primarily a lecture course, I would like to encourage as much participation in discussion as possible. I encourage you to ask questions about material you would like clarified or to raise issues not covered in the lectures.

2) The World Wide Web presents us with a phenomenal resource to study art. Images and texts can be made immediately accessible to students. I intend to take advantage of this resource. I will be posting material relevant to the course on this course's Web site:

I plan to post materials to help you prepare for class discussions and seminars. To keep up to date, check the page entitled "ARTH 209 Assignments."

3) I will evaluate your performance in this course on the basis of three short papers. Two of these papers will be seminar reports. These will be in response to two seminars we will hold during the course of the semester. The first of these seminars will be devoted to the architecture and sculpture of the Parthenon, and the second will concentrate on the art and architecture produced during the period of the Roman Emperor Augustus. Before these seminars you will be given materials to prepare you for the discussions. The week after the completion of the seminar you will be expected to submit a three - five page paper presenting your response to the discussion. You will be expected to focus on an aspect of the topic.

The third paper will be on a topic of your own choice. Your paper can be a traditional visual analysis of a work of Greek or Roman art, preferably one that you can study directly, or you can pick a more general problem. For example, you could compare representations of the same god or goddess from different periods, or you could study the role of portraiture in Greek or Roman art. Your topics do not need to be restricted to the confines of art history. For example. I would accept a paper studying the status of women in Greek society. You must have your topic approved by me. If not your paper will not be accepted. This third paper will be due the last day of classes.

4) Attendance Policy: attendance will be taken during each class. You will be allowed two absences. For each class you miss over the two your grade will be dropped by one letter grade. The only exception to this rule is if you have come to me and presented a valid justification for missing class.

Texts: John Griffiths Pedley, Greek Art and Archaeology, and Nancy and Andrew Ramage, Roman Art, 5th Edition.

Both of these texts are available at Damascene and the College Book Store.


List of Topics:

 Week Topic  Reading


 Contexts and Background: Minoan and Mycenaean Art. Pedley, 45-101

 Geometric and Orientalizing Periods. Pedley, 103-145

 Archaic Greece I Pedley, 147-205 .

 Archaic Greece II  

 Early Classical Period Pedley, 207-247

 First Seminar: The Parthenon and Periclean Athens Pedley, 249-287.

 Late Fifth Century Greek Art  

 Late Classical: Art of the Fourth Century Pedley, 289-337

 Hellenistic Art Pedley, 339-385.

 Art and Architecture of Republican Rome Ramage & Ramage, 13-109.

 Second Seminar: Art and Architecture from the time of Augustus Caesar. Ramage & Ramage, 111-167.

 Progressive and Conservative Trends in Roman Imperial Architecture. Ramage & Ramage, 169-281.(focus on discussions of architecture)

 Roman Imperial Sculpture. (see discussions of sculpture in previous reading)


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