Core Module - Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture
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
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.
MA students in the Ashmolean museum
Link to Moodle