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Art of the Ancient World (Option Module CX903-30)

Module available in 2018-19

Convenor: Prof Zahra Newby

Reading list

To prepare for the module, please see the attached bibliography

Outline and Aims

The module will introduce students to the many different forms taken by art in the ancient world and the ways that this material can be approached and used in the study of wider historical issues. It will help to fulfil the MA’s aim to develop a wide-ranging and detailed knowledge of the visual culture of the ancient world as well as to develop students’ critical and conceptual understanding of the methodological issues relating to its study.
It will help to develop students’ intellectual skills in the following areas:

  • Skills of visual analysis including ability to recognise and interpret different iconographies and to analyse different artistic styles
  • Awareness of the constraints and possibilities of different artistic methods and media
  • Appreciation of methodological issues in dealing with visual 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


The module will run in Term 2, on Monday 12-2 in H2.04.

Outline for 2018-19 pending. (2017-8 below for info)

Here is the course outline

Week 1 HA What is ancient art and how can we study it?

Week 2 HA Rise and Fall? A Brief history of Ancient Art

Week 3 HA Art & Class

Week 4 SFK – Greek Vases (SFK)

Greek Vases (2)

Week 5 HA Art & Propaganda

Week 6 HA Art and Narrative n.b. BM session on Wednesday 11am-1pm.

Week 7 HA Art and Women

Week 8 HA Funerary Art and Self-representation

Week 9 HA Art and Regional Identity

Week 10 HA Essay presentations

Handout Presentation Attic Vases Presentation Corinthian Vases 


5,000 word essay

Deadline for essay title to be approved by module convenor, Prof Zahra Newby:
Deadline for the essay title to be approved by ZN: Thursday 14 March 2019, 12 noon
Deadline for essay to be submitted: Thursday 25 April 2019, 12 noon

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.