ARTH 102: Symbols and Stories in Art

ARTH 102-DL2: Stories and Symbols in Art
(Spring 2024)


Section Information for Spring 2024

This art history course focuses on the representation of Greek myth in artworks from antiquity to the modern period, concentrating on Classical representations of the Greek and Roman world. We will examine the iconography and major narratives of ancient Greek mythology using both primary texts in translation and visual representations of these myths.  By examining the literary tradition and the extant visual material, we will explore the function of myth in ancient Greek society, the types of sources available to modern students of mythography, and the continued presence of mythological themes in Western culture. Students will learn how to visually analyze works of art, both for their style and content as they learn stories of the gods and heroes. Interpretation of artistic images will be our primary goal. We will analyze these images and stories primarily in examples of Classical (ancient Greek and Roman) art, but we will also cover select works of art from the Post Classical periods (ca. 1400 CE/AD to the present) in order to demonstrate the long-lasting effects that Greek myth has had on artistic production and the value in being able to identify these visual narratives. This course fulfills a University Mason Arts Core requirement and carries 3 credit hours. For Spring 2024, ARTH 102 will be presented as a fully online, asynchronous course. 

ARTH 102 DL2 is an online asynchronous section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces themes and imagery in art. Approaches and traditions to explore vary with the instructor. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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