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Undergraduate Course: Classical Art 2A: The Development of Greek and Roman Art (CACA08009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offer a chronological overview of the main developments in Greek and Roman art from c. 3000 BC - AD 350, covering the stylistic and technical development of free-standing and relief sculpture, vase- and wall-painting and the minor arts, and the main themes used as subject-matter.
Course description This course provides an outline of the development of Classical art, broadly defined as the art of the Greek and Roman worlds between the Bronze Age and the Late Roman period (c. 3000 BC - AD 350). It deals chronologically with stylistic changes, technical aspects, and the subject matter of ancient art in a variety of media: freestanding sculpture in stone, bronze and terracotta, relief sculpture, vase painting, wall painting, mosaic, and the decorative arts (metalwork, gems and glass). Geographically, the course incorporates material from all across the Greek and Roman worlds, from the heartlands of the Aegean and Italy to as far east as Afghanistan, and as far west as Britain. As well as introducing the vast and varied visual record of the Greek and Roman periods, this course explores how these images were made, displayed and used in their physical and social contexts, and what they reveal about the individuals and communities who created them.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  141
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 157 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Slide test: the slide test is a 50-minute in-class test in which students identify and discuss three single images of objects (for 10 minutes each) and one pair of objects (for 15 minutes) that have been examined in the lectures and/or tutorials. The slide test accounts for 25% of the final mark.

Essay: students will write one essay (2000-2500), selecting from a series of set essay questions. The essay accounts for 25% of the final mark.

Degree examination: students will sit one two-hour exam. The paper consists of three sections, A, B and C. In Section A, students will be asked to comment on the style, subject matter and date of three images (out of a choice of four). In Section B, students will write one essay from a series of questions on Greek art. In Section C, Students will write one essay from a series of questions on Roman art. The exam accounts for 50% of the final mark.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Classical Art 2A: The Development of Greek and Roman Art2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Classical Art 2A2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of the subject considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
  4. demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required;
  5. demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
Reading List
Barringer, J. (2015), The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece, Cambridge.
Beard M. and J. Henderson (2001) Classical Art from Greece to Rome, Oxford.
Henig, M., ed. (1983), A Handbook of Roman Art, Oxford.
Kleiner, D.E.E. (1992), Roman Sculpture, New Haven and London.
Ling, R. ed. (2000), Making Classical Art, Stroud.
Neer, R.T. (2012), Art and Archaeology of the Greek World: A New History, c. 2500 - c. 150 BCE, London.
Pedley, J.G. (2007), Greek Art and Archaeology, 4th edition, Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Pollitt, J.J. (1986), Art in the Hellenistic Age, Cambridge.
Robertson, M. (1975), A History of Greek Art, 2 vols, Cambridge.
Smith, R.R.R. (1991), Hellenistic Sculpture, London.
Sparkes, B. (1991), Greek Pottery, Manchester.
Stewart, P. (2008), The Social History of Roman Art, Cambridge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsClassical Art 2A
Course organiserDr Benjamin Russell
Course secretaryMrs Summer Wight
Tel: (0131 6)50 4580
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