CLARCH 536 - Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture
Winter 2016, Section 001 - The Ancient Sculpture and its Environment from Alexander to Constantine
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Subject: Classical Archaeology (CLARCH)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
HISTART 101; one of CLARCH 221 or 222 or HISTART 221 or 222; and Upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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This course examines a broad range of forms, uses, and meanings of sculpture in public and private spaces in the Mediterranean world from the period of Alexander the Great (336-323 BC) to the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine (AD 312-337). In lectures, class discussions, and museum visits the class explores a variety of topics—from the archaeological, functional, and social contexts of sculptural works to the reconstruction of their original appearance (including their color) and their significance. Images of gods, goddesses, mythical creatures and animals mingled with portraits of public and private individuals in indoor and outdoor settings—settings that were often additionally adorned with elaborate paintings, architectural embellishments and other decorative and symbolic accouterments. These environments, in turn, provided visually rich, message-laden backdrops for the performance of social, political and cultic rituals. While analyzing the cultural work that sculptures performed in the ancient world, students also learn about Greek and Roman sculptors and about their patrons who set the agendas that these works were intended to fulfill. This course will take advantage of a special loan exhibition, which will be on view at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in the Winter Term of 2016. The exhibition, “Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii,” includes life-size marble sculptures along with small-scale and miniature sculptures in marble, terracotta, bronze, silver, and gold. These along with sculptures in the Kelsey Museum’s permanent collection will offer students’ opportunities to learn firsthand about the ancient environments of such works of art and, in the special exhibition, experience them in the galleries and in navigable 3D virtual reality. No mandatory field trips outside Ann Arbor. HISTART category for concentration distributions: 1. Ancient, D. Europe and the US Textbook/Other Materials: Readings for this course will be posted on CTools.

Course Requirements:

Class attendance and active participation: 20% of total grade; two class presentations accompanied by short papers: each 20% of total grade, midterm examination: 15% of total grade; and final examination or project: 25% of final grade. Graduate students enrolled in this course must write a substantial research paper.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates and graduate students in art history, classical archaeology and related fields, including museum studies.

Class Format:

Twice weekly lectures with discussion of readings, slide presentations; several work sessions in the Kelsey Museum


CLARCH 536 - Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
1/6/16 - 4/18/16

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