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From Alexander to Cleopatra: Remodeling the Mediterranean World
/ ARTH 230
The period between Alexander the Great (323 B.C.) and Cleopatra (30 B.C.), like our own, was characterized by internationalism, migration, wide-ranging cultural values and religious practices, and ethnically diverse urban populations. Large numbers of non-Greeks came under the control of newly established Hellenistic kingdoms, while in the west Rome’s emergence as a superpower offered both new opportunity and danger. The Hellenistic world was a place of vibrant change in the spheres of art, architecture, urban planning, and public spectacle. In this course, we will consider the art and archaeology of this period in their political, social, and religious contexts, focusing on the visual language of power and royalty; developments in painting, sculpture, mosaics, and monumental architecture; interactions between Greeks and non-Greeks; and the impact of Greek culture in Rome.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
class participation, quizzes, midterm, final exam, and one medium-length paper
students with an interest in the ancient Mediterranean world and in the history of western art and architecture
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: