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ARTH 160 — Iconic Artworks of Antiquity

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Nov 1
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 29
Unit: 1
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): Diane Zuliani
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Sep 27—Nov 1
6 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 29
1 Unit
Diane Zuliani
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The ancient world may seem almost too distant and unwieldy to fathom, but large swaths of ancient history are genuinely graspable through iconic works of architecture, sculpture, and painting. The great accomplishments of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome are lucidly present in monuments made and revered by those civilizations, and this course looks at several such works with the goals of revisiting major themes and achievements of the past, pondering ideas and their evolution over time, and deepening our connection to the wisdom and humanity of our ancient forebears. On each evening of our chronological journey, a handful of treasured artworks will be brought to life as incarnations of the social, cultural, political, and aesthetic values of the people who created them. Among the canonical objects we will discuss are: the Mesopotamian Stele of Hammurabi; the Egyptian Rosetta Stone, Great Pyramids, and Temple of Karnak; Greek figural sculpture and the architecture of the Athenian Acropolis; and Roman portrait sculpture and monumental public works including the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, and the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius. Though our primary focus will always center on such “icons,” lesser-known but historically important works will serve to supplement our main lessons.

This is the first course of a four-course series covering iconic artworks of the Western world. The courses cover art in antiquity (Fall 2021), medieval art (Spring 2022), Renaissance art (Fall 2022), and modern art (Spring 2023). While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

Art History Instructor, Chabot College

Diane Zuliani has taught the history of art, photography, film, and museum studies at Chabot College since 2000. Earlier, she was an educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.