ARTH 319: Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

ARTH 319-001: The Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
(Spring 2020)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

Art & Design Building 2026

Section Information for Spring 2020

Mesopotamia is considered the cradle of Western civilization. Many societies flourished there, all grouped around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. This class will review Mesopotamian art and archaeology starting in 8000 BCE and end with the arrival of Islam in 636 CE. We will explore spectacular structures and objects in order to gain insight into the ancient peoples of Mesopotamia. We will also focus on many sites which have in recent years been damaged or destroyed by war. This class will include the most up-to-date scholarship on Mesopotamian art.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Aspects of the art, archaeology, and culture of ancient Near East and Bronze Age Mediterranean. Approach varies depending on instructor; emphasis may be on Mesopotamia, Iran, Egypt, Anatolia, the Levant, or the Aegean. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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