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Core Module - Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture

CX 901-30

Convenor: Prof Zahra Newby

Tutors: Prof. Zahra Newby, Prof Alison Cooley, Prof. Michael Scott, Dr Conor Trainor, Dr Clare Rowan

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 2022-3

All sessions are currently scheduled to take place in-person on Tuesdays 10-12 in FAB1.08.

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

Week 2 – Art: ancient historiography (ZN)

Week 3: Art post-antique historiography (ZN)

Week 4: Archaeology (CT)

Week 5: Museums )MS)

Week 6 Museum trip to Ashmolean

Week 7: Antiquities in the Kingdom of Naples (AC)

Week 8: The Afterlife of Inscriptions (AC)

Week 9: Introduction to Epigraphic + Numismatic Resources (CR/AC-Wolfson Exchange) Joint with new PGRS

Week 10: Essay presentations



5,000 word essay

Deadline for essay title to be approved by course coordinator, Prof Zahra Newby: Friday 2nd December 2022
Deadline for essay to be submitted: Wednesday 21 December 2022

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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