CLST 307/FNAR 337/ROST 307:
Art of the Roman World
Rome Center Summer Session 2010
This on-site course will study the art of the Roman world as the art and the world developed.
We will examine different kinds of artistic products such as ceramics, sculpture, and
monumental plazas, and trace the different techniques that produced them. We will investigate
their aesthetics. We will consider the ways these works of art invited their "audiences" to interact with
them. We will explore how they wove new connections between images, objects, experiences,
ideas, and values: how did the art produced and encountered by ancient Romans -and everybody
else in their perennially multicultural world- serve as cultural currency?
Our work will pursue three main aims (plus the fourth, of having fun
with all of them):
- To study selected items of artistic production dating from the Iron Age to late antiquity,
and to place them in the historical and cultural contexts of their production.
- To build a technical vocabulary for describing and interpreting the material and visual
culture of ancient Rome.
- To practice techniques of critical analysis applicable to the art of the Roman world, both so
as to generate, test, and refine independent insights and so as to deepen understanding of how
Roman art reflected on contemporary aesthetic, social, political, intellectual, and cultural concerns.
Monday - Wednesday, 9:00am-12:20pm
~ on-site in Rome ~
Dr. Jacqueline Long
Office Hours: By appointment
- Required: Fred S. Kleiner, A History of Roman Art, enhanced edition (Wadsworth/Cenage Learning 2010)
- Recommended reference: Amanda Claridge, Rome, Oxford Archaeological Guides (2nd edn. due summer 2010)
Policies and Assessment
Schedule of Meeting Places and Reading, Writing, and Reporting Assignments
Writing and Research Basics
Roman Art - for example
- Guide to
Beginning Research on Topics in Classical Studies: suggestions and
- Loyola Libraries' Subject Guide
to Classical Studies, prepared by Classical Studies
Bibliographer Jane Currie: a research guide to help identify and access core research
resources relating to Classical Civilization, ancient Greek, or Latin.
- Guide to
Writing Academic Papers: a strategic checklist devised by your
instructor (hint, hint)
- Loyola Writing Program's
Statement of Grading Standards. As you can see, Harvard University's
Center for Teaching and Learning recommends to instructors a similar set of policies for
Papers - the document offers extremely useful insight to instructors' objectives
for student writing.
- Loyola Writing Program's advice about
Use and Misuse of Source Materials, because academic integrity is vital to learning.
- Loyola University Chicago's subsection on
in the General
Academic Standards and Regulations; Loyola University Chicago's College of Arts and Sciences'
Integrity Statement. The Department of Classical Studies'
Policy on Academic
Integrity incorporates these documents.
- 1st edn. (1918) of William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White,
The Elements of Style: print
editions have been updated and it's well worth getting a copy if you don't own one already,
but in whatever edition you use it, Strunk and White is the
classic guide to desirable American prose style
- How to use apostrophes, or else.
- The the impotence of proofreading
by Taylor Mali.
- Portale dei Musei in Comune: home-site of the museums and
archaeological sites supervised by the Museum System of the Municipality of Rome
- Museums and Galleries
of Rome, conveniently indexed by Casa Romana
- Department of Greek and Roman Art
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- Etruscan Art and
Roman Art at the
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, Merida
Curtius, on-line resources for Roman archaeology and topography (especially; compiled by Bill Thayer).
- Samuel Ball Platner,
Dictionary of Ancient Rome (London: Oxford University Press, 1929): much important archaeological and topographical
research has been done in Rome since 1929, so all detail must be double-checked in more recent scholarly studies
(Claridge's Rome, recommended for this course, is handy for a start), but still informative at least for part of
the history of scholarship on many important monuments, and Thayer's web-publication enhances its usefulness
- Rodolfo Lanciani,
and Christian Rome (Boston and New York:
Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1892): detailed, albeit now rather old, scholarly
study of the transformation of a city
- Vedute di Roma:
a collection of beautiful photographs of Rome and Roman antiquities by
Kalervo Koskimies of the Sibelius Academy.
- Perseus Project:
an evolving digital library for the study of the Greek and Roman worlds.
- Ancient Roman Art and
Late Antiquity - Early Christian and Byzantine: compilation of images and
resources on-line, amassed by Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe of Sweet Briar College
- Roman Painting: Frescoes from Campania,
part of Michael D. Gunther's website Old Stones: Monuments
of Art History
- Art and Social Identitities
in Late Antiquity: website of a research program at the University of Aarhus,
with extensive links to other
research centers, projects, and resources
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