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Core Module - Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture

CX 901-30

Convenor: Suzanne Frey-Kupper

Tutors: Virginia Campbell, Alison Cooley, Dario Calomino, Suzanne Frey-Kupper, Zahra Newby, Eris William-Reeds

This is a core module for the Taught MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture and Taught MA in the Visual and Material Culture of Rome. 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 2019

Autumn Term: Weeks 1-10 on Tuesdays (unless otherwise indicated) as below:

TMA Core module

Week 1, Tuesday 1/10: 3-4pm, S.2.81: Induction (SFK)
Week 2 Tuesday 9/10, 1-3 pm, S2.81 Approaching Ancient Art 1 (VC)
Week 2, Wednesday 9/10, 11am–1pm, Seminar Room 3 in the Wolfson Exchange: Ancient Epigraphy, induction to resources (AC) – all students taking Core and Epigraphy (open to all PGs)
Week 3, Wednesday 16/10, 1-3pm, H0.03 tbc: Ancient Coinage, Induction to resources (SFK) – all students taking Core and Numismatics modules (open to all PGs)
Week 4, Tuesday 22/10, 1-3pm, S2.81: Renaissance Medals (SFK)
Week 5, Tuesday 29/10, 1-3pm, S2.81: Approaching Ancient Art 2: Uses and Abuses of Colour (VC)
Week 6, 5/11, 11am-1 pm: Workshop Seminar at the British Museum with DC: 'Imaging Hadrian in Britain' (in collaboration with WMG and IATL funded)
Open to all PGs. Meet Dario at the museum entrance at 10.30: please arrange your own transport and note that you can gain back up to £50 (get in touch with Dr Caroline Petit, Director of Graduate Studies). After the visit, you may take the opportunity to join the Institute of Classical Studies, which is very close.
Week 7, Tuesday 12/11, 1-3pm, S2.81: The Lives of Objects (EWR)
Week 8, Tuesday 19/11, 1-3pm, S2.81 Public Museums in Britain (AC)
Week 9: Wednesday 27/11, 1-3pm, H. 2.33 Exploring Greek Vases
Week 10: Tuesday 3/12, 1-3pm, S2.81: Essay presentations (omnes)


5,000 word essay

Deadline for essay title to be approved by course coordinator, Prof. Suzanne Frey-Kupper:
Wednesday 27 Nov. 2019, 12 noon
Deadline for essay to be submitted: Monday 20 January 2020, 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.