L-ANT/07 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

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Learning Objectives

The course aims to outline the historical development of art and architecture in the Mediterranean Greek and Roman civilization from the end of the early history up to the last stages of the Roman Empire. The goal is to offer a comprehensive understanding of cultural processes that led to the creation of various art and craft phenomena during the Greek-Roman Period. Also aim of the course is to read some cultural phenomena such as long-term processes that run through all antiquity, in order to understand the guidelines for the formation of a cultural layered system that remains as a reference to the later periods.

The reading of the historical artistic phenomenon and its cultural processes is also seen in the light of archaeological research practices involving art history, architectural history, material culture, epigraphy, written sources, anthropological research, in a multidisciplinary approach that forms the core of the discipline.

Detailed Course Content

The course focuses on the aspect of artistic and historical culture of the classical world material. It will be offered during the course of a series of chronologically topics to cover organically discipline: the birth of Greek civilization and the archaism; the development of poleis and the classical period; the fourth century and the birth of Hellenism; the new urban system between the fourth and third centuries B.C..; Hellenism in the Mediterranean; the Hellenistic East; Rome and Italy Hellenistic; Hellenization and Romanization of the Mediterranean; Augustus and the empire; Julio-Claudian and Flavian; the Empire of the second century; the empire up to Diocletian; Constantine; the end of antiquity.

Textbook Information

J. Whitley, The Archaeology of Ancient Greece, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2001, pp. 490.

S.E. Alcock, R. Osborne, Classical Archaeology, London 2012, pp. 502.

M. Wheeler, Roman art and Architecture, Thames and Hudson, London 1964, pp. 250.

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