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Core Module - Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture

CX 901-30

Convenor: Prof Zahra Newby

Tutors: Prof. Suzanne Frey-Kupper, Prof. Zahra Newby, Prof. Michael Scott, Dr Consuelo Martino

This is a core module for the Taught MAs in Ancient Visual and Material Culture and the Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Rome/Greece. It is designed to introduce students to the major issues in the study of ancient visual and material culture, and to key methodologies and approaches. This module provides a broad grounding in the interpretation of the various different aspects of ancient material. It will help to develop students’ intellectual skills in the following areas:

  • Ability to select and respond to particular methodological approaches when dealing with material evidence
  • Appreciation of methodological issues in dealing with material evidence
  • Understanding of the ways that visual and material evidence has been studied since antiquity
  • Ability to present structured chain of argument drawing together evidence into cohesive whole
  • Ability to select & apply appropriate problem-solving methodologies
  • Ability to conduct independent research & analysis

It will also help to develop the following key transferable skills:

  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Ability to evaluate intellectual progress
  • IT skills - word processing/ use of internet

Schedule 2021-2

All sessions are currently scheduled to take place in-person on thursdays 1-3 in S0.19 (Social Sciences Building).

Week 1 - Making the most of the MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture.

Week 2 – Ancient Inscriptions: Induction to Resources (CM)

Week 3 – Ancient Numismatics: Induction to Resources (SFK)

Week 4 – Renaissance Medals (SFK)

Week 5 – Museums (MS)

Week 6 – Museum visit – stories of objects (ZN and CM)

Week 7 – The Art of Forgetting: Damnatio Memoriae (CM).

Week 8 – Historiographies of Ancient Art 1 (ZN)

Week 9 – Historiographies of Ancient Art 2 (ZN)

Week 10 – Essay presentations


5,000 word essay

Deadline for essay title to be approved by course coordinator, Prof Zahra Newby: Friday 3rd December 2021
Deadline for essay to be submitted: Wednesday 19th January 2022, 12 noon

Please submit your title by email.

You can expect to receive feedback within 20 working days electronically via Tabula. You are also encouraged to attend a feedback tutorial with one of the module tutors.

students_examining_inscriptionMA students in the Ashmolean museum

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