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ART H 342 A: Roman Art And Archaeology

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Meeting Time: 
MWF 9:30am - 10:20am
Location: 
SMI 211
SLN: 
10518
Instructor: 
Sarah Levin-Richardson

Syllabus Description:

ARTH/CLAR 342: Roman Art and Archaeology

Winter 2016

MWF 9:30-10:20

SMI 211

 

Prof. Levin-Richardson

sarahlr@uw.edu

315 Condon Hall

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-11am; Fridays 1:30-2:30pm; and by appointment

 

Description:

This class explores the art, architecture, and archaeology of the Ancient Romans, including their most famous sites and monuments (such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon) as well as the art and objects that illuminate society (including women and slaves) more broadly. A particular focus of the course is on the role of art and architecture in creating identity, from indicating the proper behavior expected of elite men, mothers, and slaves; to creating a common “Roman” identity in Rome’s early history or renewing this sense of shared identity after years of civil wars; to the appropriation of ancient Roman art to legitimize the Italian Fascist state in the mid 20th century. This course progresses from Rome’s primitive hut dwellings of the 8th century BCE, through the height of the Roman Empire across Europe, Africa, and the Near East in the 2nd century CE, to the transformation of the Roman Empire into the Byzantine Empire in the 4th century CE.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to identify and discuss major works of Roman art
  • Be able to situate and discuss Roman art within its historical and social/cultural context
  • Be able to analyze and discuss scholarship on the intersection of Roman art, architecture, and archaeology with identity
  • Explore the ways in which Roman art influences, and is influenced by, modern cultures

 

Learning Support:

If you know of something that might impact your learning (travel schedule with UW teams, health or personal crisis, disability) please contact me as soon as possible, ideally at the beginning of the quarter, so that I can make appropriate accommodations. Below you can find further resources:

  • Disability Resources for Students: http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/

    • If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.
    • If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or uwdrs@uw.edu or uw.edu. DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.
  • UW Academic Support: http://depts.washington.edu/aspuw/more/campus-resources/
  • UW Counseling Center: http://www.washington.edu/counseling/

 

Required Readings:

The required text for this class is listed below and can be found in the U bookstore, as well as on amazon.com and other sites. Please be sure to get the right edition of this textbook (check the ISBN numbers on what you purchase to make sure it matches those listed below). Other required readings can be found on the course website. Each meeting in the schedule below has one or more readings to be read for that class session. For Monday of Week 2, for example, please come to class having read pages xxi-xlvii of the course textbook (which I refer to as Kleiner on the schedule). These readings are a starting point for in-class lecture and discussion, which often will expand upon the assigned readings and/or present new material. Thus, I strongly recommend careful reading of the assigned material as well as attending class.

 

Kleiner, Fred. A History of Roman Art, Enhanced Edition. Wadsworth Publishing, 2010. [ISBN-10: 0495909874; ISBN-13: 978-0495909873]

 

Grading:

  • Exam 1 (February 8 during class time; covers readings and lectures from January 4 through February 5): 33%
  • 4-5 page Written Analysis (due March 11 at the beginning of class time): 33%
  • Exam 2 (March 16 8:30-10:20am; covers material from February 10 through March 11): 33%

 

Assignments (both exams and the written analysis) cover material both from the assigned readings and from class; as such, it is very important to do the readings and to come to class.

 

Your final course grade is calculated from these three assignments in the proportions given. Please prepare carefully for these assignments, and please come see me in advance if you have any questions about how to best prepare. There will be no extra credit.

 

The grading scale used in this class is as follows:

 

 

 

Percentage Earned 

Grade-Point Equivalent

100-98

4.0

97-95

3.9

94

3.8

93

3.7

92-91

3.6

90

3.5

89-88

3.4

87

3.3

86

3.2

85

3.1

84

3.0

83

2.9

82

2.8

81

2.7

80

2.6

79

2.5

78

2.4

77

2.3

76

2.2

75

2.1

74

2.0

73

1.9

72

1.8

71

1.7

70

1.6

69

1.5

68

1.4

67

1.3

66

1.2

65

1.1

64

1.0

63

0.9

62-61

0.8

60

0.7 [lowest passing grade]

59 and x < 59

0.0

 

 

 

Further Expectations:

  • In class

    • In order to maximize your learning potential and prevent distraction to others, I ask that you do not use cellphones in class, and use laptops only for note-taking or other class-related purposes.
    • You are responsible for all materials assigned in the readings and covered in lectures. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get notes from a classmate.
      • The University of Washington prohibits the selling of notes online or through any other channels.
    • No audio or visual recording of class is permitted without my written authorization. If you are struggling with the pace of lectures, please stop by office hours to chat with me.
    • No posting of course materials of any kind is permitted without my written authorization.
  • Getting in touch with each other
    • Please check your uw email daily; this is how I will communicate with you about pertinent information (such as when study guides are posted, or if class needs to be cancelled for some reason). You are responsible for all information disseminated over email and through the course website.
    • I hold office hours twice a week to be there for you! I am happy to chat with you about class (including any concerns you may have), study abroad opportunities, how to follow your interest in Roman art, etc. If you are anxious about assignments, please come to office hours before the assignment or exam and we can discuss strategies one-on-one. If you would like to chat but can’t make it to scheduled office hours, just email me and we can find a time to meet.
    • I am happy to answer questions over email, but please check the syllabus first to see whether the answer is there.
    • I will respond to emails by the end of the next working day (which means that if you email me on Friday afternoon, I may not respond until Monday afternoon).
  • Grading
    • Students are expected to adhere to ethical behavior in their work, including following guidelines posted for each exam and assignment concerning group work and plagiarism/cheating.
    • Make-up exams will be given only in the case of documented illness or emergency, or for university-approved events (athletics, etc.), that are cleared with me in advance.
    • I’d be happy to discuss any of your graded work with you, but I ask that you wait twenty-four hours after receiving your exam back in order to begin to process my feedback. After the twenty-four-hour period, please feel free to email me to set up a time to meet. Unfortunately, I cannot discuss grades over email.

 

Schedule of Topics and Required Readings:

Week 1: Introduction

M Jan 4: Introduction

W Jan 6: NO CLASS

F Jan 8: NO CLASS

 

Week 2: Italy before the Rise of Rome; Roman Regal Period; Roman Republic

M Jan 11: Greeks and Etruscans in Italy (Kleiner xxi-xlvii)

W Jan 13:  Etruscans and the Roman Regal Period (Kleiner 1-4)

F Jan 15: Rome and Latium under the Republic (Kleiner 4-15)

 

Week 3: Roman Republic

M Jan 18: NO CLASS [MLK DAY]

W Jan 20: Torelli, Mario. 2006. “The Topography and Archaeology of Republican Rome,” in A Companion to the Roman Republic, eds. N. Rosenstein and R. Morestein-Marx. Blackwell. 81-101. [read only pages 81-84; 88 (beginning with "The ruling class..."-94]

F Jan 22: Republican Town Planning and Pompeii (Kleiner 17-30)

 

Week 4: Roman Republic

M Jan 25: Republican Domestic Architecture and Mural Painting (Kleiner 31-45)

W Jan 27: Republic: From Marcellus to Caesar (Kleiner 47-59)

F Jan 29: Versluys, Miguel John. 2013. “Material Culture and Identity in the Late Roman Republic (c. 200–c. 20),” in Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic, ed. J. D. Evans. Blackwell. 429-440. [read only sections 2, 3; and 6: pages 431-432; 436-438]

 

Week 5: Early Empire: Augustus and the Julio-Claudians

M Feb 1: Augustus (Kleiner 61-77)

W Feb 3: Julio-Claudians (Kleiner 103-108)

F Feb 5: Julio-Claudians (Kleiner 108-119)

 

Week 6: Early Empire

M Feb 8: Exam 1

W Feb 10: The Flavians and Nerva (Kleiner 121-138)

F Feb 12: D’Ambra, Eve. 1996 “The Calculus of Venus: Nude Portraits of Roman Matrons,” in Sexuality in Ancient Art, ed. N. Kampen. Cambridge University Press. 219-232.

 

Week 7: Early Empire

M Feb 15: NO CLASS [PRESIDENTS’ DAY]

W Feb 17: NO CLASS; reading assignment: Miles, Margaret. 2014. “Greek and Roman Art and the Debate about Cultural Property,” in The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, ed. C. Marconi. Oxford University Press. 499-515. [read only pages 507-514]

F Feb 19: Pompeii and Herculaneum in the 1st century CE (Kleiner 139-152)

 

Week 8: High Empire

M Feb 22: Lenski, Noel. 2013. “Working Models: Functional Art and Roman Conceptions of Slavery,” in Roman Slavery and Roman Material Culture, ed. M. George. University of Toronto Press. 129-157.

W Feb 24: Trajan (Kleiner 153-170)

F Feb 25 Hadrian (Kleiner 171-185)

 

Week 9: High and Late Empire

M Feb 29:) Antonines (Kleiner 186-201)

W March 2: Ostia (Kleiner 202-216)

F March 4: Severans (Kleiner 230-245)

 

Week 10: Late Empire and Modern Reception

M March 7: The Tetrarchs and Constantine (Kleiner 278-282; 290-298)

W March 9: Gessert, Genevieve. 2014. “Ideological Applications: Roman Architecture and Fascist Romanità,” in A Companion to Roman Architecture, ed. R. B. Ulrich and C. K. Quenemoen. Blackwell. 426-445.

F March 11: Written Analysis due

 

Final Exam (Exam 2): Wednesday March 16, 2016, 8:30-10:20am, SMI 211

Catalog Description: 
Roman architecture and art, with emphasis on the innovations of the Romans; illustrated by slides. Offered: jointly with CL AR 342.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Status: 
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Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:10pm

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