ARTH 322: Roman Art and Archaeology

ARTH 322-DL1: Ancient Roman Art and Architecture
(Spring 2024)


Section Information for Spring 2024

This course will examine material from the founding of the Roman Republic to the end of the Roman Empire.  We will begin by reviewing the dual heritage of Roman art as it evolved from both Etruscan and Greek traditions.  The class will then proceed chronologically, paying particular attention to the use of art as a political and propagandistic tool in Roman society.  Because of the politicized nature of Roman art, an outline of Roman history and culture will be presented in tandem with the visual material and will be essential to understanding the function of the art.  This class will focus on the architectural and sculptural monuments of the City of Rome, but monuments, painting, mosaics and luxury materials from all over the Roman world will also be brought into class discussion, particularly from sites such as Pompeii and Herculaneum which were preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.  Students can expect at least three exams, heavily oriented towards visual materials and synthesis of ideas presented in class.  One or more written assignments will also be required. This course fulfills a Mason Core requirements in the Arts. For Spring 2024, ARTH 322 will be a fully online asynchronous class run through the Blackboard system.

ARTH 322 DL1 is an online asynchronous section.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

History of Roman architecture, sculpture, and painting. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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