CLASS SCHEDULE, READINGS, AND DEADLINES
Please note: Each week will generally, but not always, be divided into a lecture by the professor (Tuesday) and a class discussion (Thursday) on the same or a related topic. You may wish to read the assigned reading(s) before Tuesday’s class; however, it is required that you read them before Thursday’s class. Assignments are due on Thursday unless otherwise noted.
Introduction to the Course; The Founding of Rome
- Kleiner, p. 1-15
- Excerpts from books 3 and 4 (3.67-70 and 4.59-61) of Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities, on the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus
The Roman Republic: Architecture
- Kleiner, pp. 17-29, 31-39
- D. Favro, “The Street Triumphant,” in Streets: Critical Perspectives, ed. Z. Celik, R. Ingersoll (Berkeley, 1994), 151-164
DUE: Reading Response #1
January 31-February 2
The Roman Republic: Portraiture and Sculpture
- Kleiner, pp. 47-59
- P. Stewart, Statues in Roman Society: Representation and Response (Oxford, 2003), 46-59 (excerpt from ch. 2, “The Appearance of Statues”). (READING RESPONSE)
- Excerpt from Polybius, Histories, Book 6
DUE: Reading Response #2
The End of the Republic and the Founding of the Roman Empire
- Gowing, A. Empire and Memory: The Representation of the Roman Republic in Imperial Culture (Cambridge 2005), PP. 1-15 (NOTE THE PDF IS A BIT LONGER)
DUE: Quiz #1
The Age of Augustus
- P. Zanker, The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus (Ann Arbor, 1988), 118-125 (excerpt from ch. 4: “The Augustan Program of Cultural Renewal”). (READING RESPONSE)
- T. Hölscher, The Language of Images in Roman Art (Cambridge, 2004), 47-57 (ch. 6: “State Ceremonial: The Tradition of Classical Dignity”).
- Selections from Augustus, Res Gestae (as you read highlight passages that seem interesting/striking/important to you, keeping in mind that this is the text of an inscription written by Augustus about his life that was mounted on his mausoleum after he died).
- Kleiner, pp. 61-73
DUE: Reading Response #3
Early Imperial Domestic and Funerary Arts
- J. Clarke, Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans: Visual Representation and Non-Elite Viewers in Italy, 100 BC-AD 315 (Berkeley 2003), excerpt TBA
- Kleiner 73-87
- J. Clarke, "Just Like Us"
DUE: Descriptive Writing Assignment
VISIT TO THE ST. LOUIS MUSEUM OF ART, meet at the regular time to walk over to the museum together (NOTE: If you would like to drive meet us at the entrance to SLAM at 2:55)
February 28-March 2
Early Imperial Funerary Arts (Continued)
The Julio-Claudian Dynasty
- J. Elsner, “Constructing Decadence: The Representation of Nero as Imperial Builder,” in Reflections of Nero: Culture, History, and Representation, ed. J. Elsner and J. Masters (Chapel Hill, 1994), 112-127.
- Excerpts from Suetonius, Life of Nero (26-31).
- Kleiner, pp. 103-119
DUE: Reading Response #4 (considering the Elsner article and the Suetonius excerpt)
- N. J. Norman, “Imperial Triumph and Apotheosis: The Arch of Titus in Rome,” in Koine: Mediterranean Studies in Honor of R. Ross Holloway, ed. D. B. Counts and A. S. Tuck (Oxford, 2009), 41-53.
- Excerpts from Martial, Liber spectaculorum, on the Colosseum
Josephus, excerpt on The Siege of Jerusalem in AD 70
DUE: Paper Topic
Midterm – Take-home
The Flavians; Trajan
- S. Dillon, “Women on the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius and the Visual Language of Roman Victory,” in in Representations of War in Ancient Rome, ed. S. Dillon and K. E. Welch (Cambridge, 2006), 244-263 (READING RESPONSE)
- Byrne, B. “Towards a Gendered Understanding of Conflict”
- Kleiner, pp. 121-137
DUE: Reading Response #5
Art and Architecture under Trajan and Hadrian
- S. Currie, “The Empire of Adults: The Representation of Children on Trajan’s Arch at Beneventum,” in Art and Text in Roman Culture, J. Elsner, ed. (Cambridge 1996) 153-181. (READING RESPONSE)
- Kleiner, pp. 153-169 (Trajan)
- Kleiner, pp. 171-185 (Hadrian)
DUE: Reading Response #6
Art and Architecture under Hadrian and the Antonines
- Kleiner, pp. 187-201
NO MEETING - PROFESSOR BLEVINS AT A CONFERENCE
Severan Art and Architecture; High Imperial Funerary Art
DUE: Quiz #2
- Kleiner, pp. 217-229
- Kleiner, pp. 231-245
- Rowan, C. 2011. "The Public Image of the Severan Women," in Papers of the British School at Rome, pp. 241-273.
DUE: Preliminary Outline and Bibliography
COIN DAY: meet for regular class AND from 4:00-5:00 we will go next door to look at a selection of Hellenistic and Roman coins from the Wulfing Collection
Art and Architecture in the Roman Provinces
- Howgego, C. 2005. "Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces," in Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces, C. Howgego, V. Heuchert, and A. Burnett eds., pp. 1-17 (skim only)
- Kleiner, pp. 247-261
DUE: Reading Response #7 (NOTE - Reading Response #7 on The Public Image of the Severan Women from Week 13 but due on April 20)
Art and Architecture under the Tetrarchs and Constantine the Great
- E. Marlowe, “Liberator urbis suae: Constantine and the Ghost of Maxentius,” in The Emperor and Rome: Space, Representation, Ritual, ed. B. C. Ewald and C. F. Noreña (Cambridge, 2010), 199-219.
- Excerpt from Ammianus Marcellinus, Roman Antiquities (16.10).
- Kleiner, pp. 280-286, 291-306
Wednesday May 3
DUE: Final Paper
Wednesday May 10
FINAL EXAM – TAKE HOME