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ARCH 0030: Art in Antiquity - An Introduction

Spring 2011 ~ Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-11:50 am ~ Rhode Island Hall, room 108



Instructor: Prof. Jeffrey Becker

Email: Jeffrey Becker

Office: Rhode Island Hall, room 009; office telephone: 401.863.2008

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 13:00 to 14:30 or by appointment.

Teaching Assistant: Thomas Leppard

Email: Thomas Leppard

Office: Rhode Island Hall, 2nd floor graduate studio

Office hours: Wednesday and Friday 10:00 to 11:00 or by appointment.


Course description

This course examines the art of the ancient world in context, exploring relationships between the art of antiquity and our own modern world. The course begins with an examination of the Neolithic period in the Near East and continues through to the early Byzantine period. While the focus of the course content will be on Mediterranean and Near Eastern civilizations, comparative evidence from Asia and the Pre-Columbian Americas will also be considered. Our approach will focus, in particular, on key monuments that pertain to the various chronological periods that we will survey. Highlights among these include Cätälhöyük, Dynastic Ur, Stonehenge, the Pyramids, Classical Athens, China’s ‘terracotta army’, the Flavian Amphitheater, the Hagia Sophia. The course will also focus on current approaches and issues, as well as recent and notable archaeological discoveries.


Course Requirements:


Required texts and readings:

BROWN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY RESOURCE GUIDE FOR ARCHAEOLOGY


Image folders available via ARTstor

1) To navigate to ARTstor, visit the Brown University Library homepage and then select 'Databases A to Z'. Search for ARTstor

2) You will need to create a user account for ARTstor. Click on 'Register' in the upper right corner of the splash page, and follow the instructions from there.

3) Once you have created your user account, you will need to link to the ARCH 0030 course folder. Follow these instructions, from ARTstor:

Some folders are password-protected, and will not appear in the list at the left. To access a password-protected folder, you will need the password from the instructor who created it. Go to "Unlock password protected folder" in the Find menu. Enter your personal information and password. <-- The instructor will email you our course password


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