Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

CLST 206 Art of Ancient Greece

Fall 2015


John Felice Rome Center


An Introduction to Greek Art (FnAr 336/CLST 206)

Fall 2015



Dr. Valentina Follo



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This course engages students in an investigation of Greek Art from the Minoan to the Hellenistic period (3000-100 B.C.).  A historical overview serves as a springboard into the exploration of the culture’s complex development as students become familiar with building materials, artistic techniques and a specific vocabulary.

The class takes full advantage of Rome’s museums and collections to introduce diverse aspects of Greek Art, affording students direct contact with artifacts, while heightening their awareness of the nature of archaeological evidence and the extent to which it contributes to our understanding of past civilizations. To this end, the majority of sessions will be held on site.

Issues pertaining to conservation, preservation and transmission will also be addressed. The course further examines the role that archaeological sites and artifacts play as key resources for information on society in antiquity, and the analysis of primary and secondary sources enable participants to gain greater insights not only into the daily life of ancient Greeks but also their own perception of their art. 



By the end of the term, students will be able to identify the main phases of Greek’s art development and their chief features, as well as link historical events to relevant works of art, sites and monuments. Furthermore, participants will recognize the interrelationships between Greek art and the historical development, piecing together a detailed picture of the political and religious organization of Greek society.  Students will also obtain a deeper knowledge of the use of primary and secondary sources pertaining to Greek art.



PARTICIPATION                                        10%

PRESENTATION                                        15%


MIDTERM EXAM                                      25%

FINAL EXAM                                             30%


For the presentation, students will examine one work of art/monument. The presentation should last 15 minutes and provide a thorough assessment of the work of art/monument, including a historical overview, its context, function, dates, afterlife, and decorative program. Both primary and secondary sources should be employed.

Also for the presentation, at least four independent and scholarly sources should be consulted (e.g. books on reserve, Jstor, and the Muse project).  Online resources are permitted, but must be approved by the instructor. The day of the presentation the student is expected to provide a detailed outline, drawings, maps or other pertinent visual material along with a list of references; these are to be succeeded by a written report (8-10 pages long) by the end of the term (December 3rd).

Active participation constitutes an important portion of the final grade, and does NOT refer solely to consistent attendance and punctuality, but rather to regular class interaction, entailing both questions and thoughtful responses.

Both the midterm and the final examination will share a mixture of multiple choice and True/False questions, Q&A, and picture identifications.



ATTENDANCE: Attendance is mandatory. Students are allowed 1 (one) unexcused absence. Any absence beyond that will result in a deduction of two percentage points from the final grade for each additional absence. Exams, presentations or other work missed without a documented medical or family emergency will result in a failing grade for that exam or assignment.


TARDINESS: Punctuality is essential, both as a form of respect for your fellow students as well as for the instructor.  More than 15 minutes late will count as an unexcused absence, and the class will commence without the student.


LOYOLA’S ACADEMIC INTEGRITY CODE will be implemented in this course with a zero tolerance policy for academic dishonesty.



M. D. Stansbury-O’Donnell, A History of Greek Art, Wiley Blackwell, 2015

During the term specific readings, distributed to students directly in class, might be assigned from books other than the main textbook.

The reading assignments must be done before each session to enable full participation in class discussions.







Valentina Follo graduated summa cum laude in classical archaeology at the University La Sapienza in Rome, holds a master’s in pedagogy of antiquity from the University of Ferrara and a Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World from the University of Pennsylvania. She is curator of the Norton-Van Buren Archaeological Study Collection at the American Academy in Rome. Valentina has published on both the reaffirmation and the repudiation of ancient Greco-Roman models in early modern and contemporary art and architectural practices.



On site classes:

September 10th: American Academy in Rome

September 17th: Villa Giulia Museum

October 1st: Museo Barracco

October 29th: Centrale Montemartini

November 5th: Vatican Museums

November 12th: Palazzo Altemps



Estimated entrance fee € 20 per student (museums entries)



  • WEEK 1

September 3rd.  Introduction: Historical Overview. From the Bronze Age to the Orientalizing Period (3000-700 B.C.) IN CLASS SESSION


  • Textbook, pp.1-18.


  • WEEK 2

 September 10th.  The Orientalizing Period, the Etruscans and Greek Pottery. ON SITE SESSION (Archaeological Collection, American Academy in Rome).

  • Textbook, pp. 99-151.


MEETING POINT: Entrance to the American Academy in Rome (Via Angelo Masina, 5)


  • WEEK 3

September 17th. Greek Pottery. ON SITE SESSION

  • Textbook, pp. 70-84, 95-96,137-143,199-208, 255-263.


MEETING POINT:  Main entrance of the Villa Giulia Museum (Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9)


  • WEEK 4

September 24th. Archaic Greece (ca. 650-490 B.C.). Greek Architecture. The Doric and Ionic orders, Kouroi and Korai. IN CLASS SESSION

  • Textbook, pp.152-199.


  • WEEK 5

October 1st. Greek Sculpture. ON SITE SESSION.


MEETING POINT: Entrance of the Museo Barracco (Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 166/ A)



  • WEEK 6

October 8th. MIDTERMS




  • WEEK 7

October 22nd. The 5th century: Athens and Olympia. IN CLASS SESSION 

  • Textbook, pp. 235-265.


October 23rd. Narrative in Greek art, its production and its market.


  • Textbook, pp. 209-234; 265-285; 319-340.



  • WEEK 8

October 29th. Classical Greece: Roman copies. ON SITE SESSION

  • M.Beard, J. Henderson, Classical Art, 2001, pp.65-105.


MEETING POINT: Entrance of the Centrale Montemartini (Via Ostiense, 106)


  • WEEK 9

November 5th. The Great Classical Masters. ON SITE SESSION


MEETING POINT: Entrance of the Vatican Museums (Viale Vaticano)



  • WEEK 10

November 12th. The 4th century. IN CLASS SESSION

Textbook, pp. 286-318, 341-380.


  • WEEK 11

November 19th. Hellenistic Art. ON SITE SESSION.


MEETING POINT: Entrance of Palazzo Altemps (Piazza di Sant'Apollinare, 46)



  • WEEK 12



  • WEEK 13

December 3rd. REVIEW SESSION

Textbook, pp. 380-387.


  • WEEK 14