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ARCH 0250 Intimate Stories
Narrative in ancient visual culture

A First-Year Seminar

Brown University
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Fall 2008


Meets Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-10:20 am. (The so-called H-hour) Classroom: Wilson Hall 303
Instructor: Ömür Harmansah (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology)
My office hours this semester: Wed 3-4:30 pm and Thu 10:30-12 am (and/or by appointment)
Office: Joukowsky Institute (70 Waterman St.) Room 202
E-mail: Omur_Harmansah@brown.edu Tel: 401-863-6411


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Images tell stories that carry us to imaginary worlds other than our own. An arresting story in pictures engages us deeply, opening the doors of fantastic places and times. In antiquity many architectural monuments displayed pictorial narratives that animated public spaces and enthralled broad audiences. This course explores cultural aspects of visual narrative imagery from Western Asian and Mediterranean worlds, from magical hunt scenes in Palaeolithic caves to mythical histories of Mesopotamian sculpted stones; from the paradises on Egyptian tomb walls to Aegean frescoes and Assyrian reliefs of exotic landscapes, from domestic intimacies on Greek vases to Roman commemorations of campaigns to the fringes of the known world. Using contemporary perspectives on ancient art, we will explore the material power and the everyday significance of such pictorial representations as intimate visual spectacles.

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