CLAS 466 Spring 2013 Hellenistic Sculpture and the Beginning of Art History

Cross Listed as ARTH466
The Hellenistic period begins with Alexander the Great's extension of the borders of the Greek world from the central Mediterranean to the banks of the Indus River. Kingdoms replaced city-states as important centers of power. Increased trade and movement of individuals between Greece, Egypt and the Near and Middle East, encouraged a cross-cultural examination of religion, philosophy, literature and art. The new cosmopolitan attitude brought about not only a revolution in sculptural ideals and forms but in the approach towards art in general. Museums and libraries are established for the first time, and the concept of collecting art takes hold. We see a historical self-consciousness, and self-referential quality in sculpture as well as a new interest in theatricality and the diversity of human nature and experience. This course will explore Hellenistic sculpture through the close study of individual works of art of the fourth through first centuries B.C.E., as well as the broader philosophical, religious, literary and political forces that encouraged its innovations. Reading material includes ancient literature in translation, recent surveys of Hellenistic sculpture and recent critical essays. Interested upper level students of any major are welcome. We will begin the term with a brief history of Greek sculpture for those who haven't taken a course in ancient art.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: participation in class discussion; two short reports which form the basis for a term paper, 20 pages in length, due at the end of the semester
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Prerequisites: ArtH 101-102
Enrollment Preference: Art majors, graduate students, and students of any major interested in art and thought in the ancient Mediterranean world
Department Notes: ARTH pre-1400 Courses; ARTH pre-1800 Courses; ARTH Seminar Requirement
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ARTH pre-1400 Courses,ARTH pre-1800 Courses
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3386
CLAS466-01(S) SEM Hellenistic Sculpture Division 1: Languages and the Arts Elizabeth P. McGowan
T 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Lawrence 003 3386
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