Greek and Roman Art 58-231/201/301 Honors
Art History Seminar: Greek and Roman Art 58-490/201/301 Honors
Dr. Liana Cheney


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Syllabus of Lectures


COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of Greek painting, sculpture and architecture from the Cycladic to the Hellenistic period, and an examination of Roman Art from the Etruscan age to the beginning of Christian Art. Emphasis is placed on the Greek Classical period and the Roman Empire.

ORGANIZATION: Although class discussion is strongly encouraged, this is primarily a lecture course based upon the visual content of works of art presented by way of projected slides. Attendance is highly recommended for every class meeting. Students are responsible for the content of all lectures and assigned reading materials.

CLASS COMPORTMENT: Since this a professional presentation at the university level, you are not permitted to eat or drink during class lectures and discussion. Disabled students must see me on the first day of class to accommodate their individual needs.

OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Wednesday 4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday 12:00-1:00 p.m. or by appointment. My office is in Coburn Hall, Room 201

-A. Kirk, The Nature of Greek Myths, Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1990.
-M. Lefkowtiz, Women in Greek Myths, Baltimore: J. Hopkins University Press, 1990.
-J. G. Pedley, Greek Art and Archeology, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1999.
-N. H. Ramage and A, Ramage, Roman Art, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1998.
-Handbook on Greek and Roman Art (prepared by Dr. L. Cheney).
-Readings on Greek and Roman Art (prepared by Dr. L. Cheney).
-Roman Wall Painting by Arturo Stenico, pp. 30-41. (On Reserve)
-J. White, Spatial Design in Antiquity, pp. 236-73. (On Reserve)

-J. J. Pollitt, Art and Experience in Classical Greece. London: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
-J. J. Pollitt, Art and Experience in Hellenistic Art. London: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
-Otto Brendel, Prolegomena to Roman Art. London: Cambridge University Press, 1991
-H. Burn, The Pelican History of the Greece. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1990.
-R. Brilliant, Roman Art: From the Republic to Constantine. New York: Praeger, 1974.
-R. Higgins, Minoan and Mycenaean Art. New York: Praeger, 1967.
-R. Ross Holloway, A View of Greek Art. New York: Harper and Row, 1974.
-J. Onians, Art and Thought in Hellenistic Age. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1979.
-M. Pallottino, The Etruscans. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1976
-J. Strong, Roman Art. Baltimore: Pelican Books, 1980.
-R. Wheeler, Roman Art. New York: Oxford, 1980.

Also see The Perseus Project:

ATTENDANCE: Class attendance is required. Exams are based on class lectures and discussion of visual and historical material.

EXAMINATIONS: There will be two ten minute quizzes on slide identification - September 30 and December 2 - plus two exams: one on Greek Art and the other on Roman Art. Examinations are based on specific material covered in class and on the required readings. Examination missed without prior excuse from the instructor or excuse for medical other emergencies cannot be made up. No voice mail, email or fax will be accepted as an examination excuse.

PAPER ASSIGNMENT: There will be one paper due on December 9. All late papers will be penalized or not accepted constituting course failure. The paper should be approximately six to eight pages long, double spaced and typed with xeroxed illustrations for the 200 level and 10-15 pages long for the 300/400 level. The written assignment will be graded on form as well as content so that spelling, punctuation, grammar, and syntax are to be considered with some care. You may choose to write on a particular aspect of any topic covered in class. Suggested topics will be given at the beginning of the semester along with further general instruction. On November 18, you are to submit a statement concerning your intended paper topic. All work done outside of class must be type written or computer printed, double spaced. The computerized typing must be as follow: accepted fonts New York, Geneva, Courier, Palatino and Bookman; only 12 points in character; double space between lines; page margins one (1) inch all around. Papers written in any other format are not acceptable.

GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: Prior to completing your research, you should consult at least 8, post 1970 sources (books and articles). Although you may read survey texts (such a as those of Janson, Hartt, or Gardner); however, these do not count among the acceptable sources. You may develop a good bibliography for any topic you choose from the books and articles on the Reserve Section of the O'Leary Library/South Campus. Also, The Encyclopedia of World Art and The Oxford Companion to Art may be useful; however; these do not count among the acceptable sources. The Art Index (an annual index of periodical literature on art) is very helpful. In addition, you may be assisted by internet and websites information; however, be aware of always recording and listing the source of your citation. Downloading information from the internet without proper citation constitutes plagiarism. In your paper define the limits of the topic you are considering, clarify the issues surrounding the topic with respect to the relationship between art and science, comment on the scholarly problems involved, and offer some original incite into the topic. Be sure to read critically. you will find little agreement among various authors.

NOTE ON PLAGIARISM: Be careful never to copy directly or directly adapt from another author without crediting the source. General sources must be listed in a bibliography; any direct quotation or paraphrase must be footnoted. Any unacknowledged copying will receive and F for the course.

HANDOUTS: A series of mimeographed materials will be given out throughout the course in order to help you with your reading assignments.

EVALUATION: The final exam will count 25% of your final semester grade. The paper will also count 25% of your final semester grade. And the two examinations plus the quizzes will count 50% of your final semester grade.

MUSEUM VISITS: Students are individually responsible for visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (both in Boston), the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge), the Worcester Art Museum (Worcester), Whistler House Museum (Lowell), the Philips Academy Museum (Andover), and the Curry Museum.

OPTIONAL MUSEUM VISITS: Probably during the semester the Art History Club will sponsor some field trips to the Boston Museums. Also, there will be schedules of one or two trips to New York City, Worcester and, New Haven and Hartford, CT., and Washington, D.C. in order to visit some major exhibitions or museums. You will be encouraged to attend, but not penalized for not participating in these trips.

(N.B. Subject to change with a week of prior notice)

Sept. 30 - Quiz I.
It consists of identifying visual material presented in class or included in your required assignments. You will be asked to identify the name of the artist, the title of the work, the style and given an approximate date of the work.
Oct. 28 - Examination I. It will be based on slide identifications, slide comparisons and attribution problem as well as essays.
Nov. 6 - New York Field Trip (Saturday)
Nov. 18 - Notification of paper topic.
Dec. 2 - Quiz II and Second Examination. See Sept 30 and October 28 descriptions.
Dec. 9 - PAPER DUE. No extension without penalty.
Dec. 11-17 - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD. Final Exam date to be announced. The final exam format will be the same as the Mid-Term Examination. It will not be cumulative, that is to say, you will be tested only on the new material covered from the Mid-Term Examination on, but you will be responsible for the assimilation of general concepts of art history discussed in the earlier session.

(N.B. Subject to change with a week of prior notice)

Sept. 9 - Introduction: scope of the course, bibliography, etc.
See Handbook on Greek and Roman Art (Cheney) and ings on Greek and Roman Art (Cheney)
Pedley, 8-24; Lefkowtiz, Women in Greek Myths.
Recommended: Higgins, pp. 7-17.

Sept. 14 - Greek Art: Cycladic
Pedley, 26-40.
Recommended: Higgins, pp. 53-65; 75-76.

Sept. 16 - Minoan Art
Pedley, 42-57.
Recommended: Higgins, pp. 17-52; 74-75; 81-86;94-98; and 103-188 passim.

Sept. 21 - Mycenaean Art
Pedley, 59-101 and 104-119.
Recommended: Higgins, pp. 65-73; 76-94; 98-102; 189-190; and 103-188 passim.

Sept. 23 - Archaic Sculptural Form
Pedley, and 122-138.
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 7-44; Pollitt, pp. 1-14.

Sept. 28 - Archaic Architectural Form & Narration in Archaic Art
Pedley, 146-93
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 45-87; Kirk, The Nature of Greek Myths.

Sept. 30 - QUIZ I

Oct. 5-7 - Early Classical Art: 480-450 B.C. - Olympia
Pedley, 200-230.
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 88-110; Pollitt, pp. 15-63.

Oct. 12-19 - Classical Art: 450-430 B.C.
Pedley, 236-69.
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 111-132; Pollitlt, pp. 1-2; 64-110.

Oct. 21 & 26 - Late Fifth Century: 430-400 B.C.
Pedley, 276-311.
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 133-157; Pollitt, pp. 111-135.


Nov. 2 - Fourth Century & Hellenistic Art: 400-323 B.C.
Pedley, 316-66.
Recommended: Holloway, pp. 157-196; Pollitt, pp. 136-197; Onians, Hellenistic Art.

Nov. 4 - Etruscan Art
See Greek and Roman Handouts (Cheney).
Ramage, Introduction.
Recommended: M. Pallottino, The Etruscan and Brilliant, Introduction, pp. 11-18.

Nov. 6 - New York Field Trip (Saturday)

Nov. 9 & 16 - Roman Architecture
Ramage, Chapter I
Recommended: Brilliant, pp. 19-84; Wheeler, Roman Art. Brendel's book.


Nov. 18 - Monuments
Ramage, Chapter II
Recommended: Brilliant, pp. 85-129.

Nov. 23 - Decorations
Ramage, Chapter III
Recommended: Brilliant, pp.129-164; Strong, Roman Art.

Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving Day!

Nov. 30 - Roman Realism
Ramage, Chapter IV and V.
Recommended: Brilliant, pp. 165-196.

Dec. 2 - QUIZ II/Examination II

Dec. 2 - Roman Eclecticism
Ramage, Chapter VI.
Recommended: Brilliant, pp. 197-220.

Dec. 3 - Art History Symposium

Dec. 7 - Periodic Styles
Ramage, Chapter VI-VIII.
Recommended: Brilliant, pp. 221-268.

Dec. 9 - Roman Wall Painting
Ramage, Chapter IX-XII. (See Handbook for things on this matter and handouts).

Dec. 9 - PAPER DUE