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We focus on the brilliant achievements of the Greeks in architecture, figurative painting, sculpture and other media that have been influential for centuries. We see what these meant in their broader cultural context, including Greek myth and history, as well as Greek interaction with cultures of Egypt and the Middle East. Students in this course have a chance to work directly with the splendid artefacts from the James Logie Memorial Collection (including Greek vases) now housed in the Teece Museum.
Students come to understand the groundbreaking and vastly influential developments Greek art and architecture from the 8th to 4th centuries BC, both in the technical innovations this period witnessed, as well as in the astonishing advances in the rendering of the human form that set the standard in western art for centuries. Students also examine how sculpture, painting, and architecture relate to aspects of the broader culture of their day; these include political developments, contacts with the ancient Near East, religion (depictions of gods and goddesses, etc.), and parallels in epic and lyric poetry. Ancient views on the powers and limits of artworks will be also explored, as will the role of myth and narrative in Greek art, especially the roles of heroes and figures from the Trojan saga. The social and ideological functions of artworks will be considered as well as the psychology and erotics of viewing artworks within Greek culture.
Students who successfully complete this course will understand the following:- developments in rendering the human figure, incl. the importance of the ‘Greek Revolution’ in art- how to locate changes in sculpture, vase- painting and architecture in their cultural and historical context - links between Greek art and myth, religion and literature - e.g. Homeric epic, theatre, etc.- Greek art as a vehicle for cultural identity and politics - e.g. celebrating athletic success, conveying civic power- ancient ideas on the powers and limits of art
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 15 points at 100 level from ARTH or CLAS, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Any 100-level course in CLAS.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Some classes will be held at the City Campus in the Arts Centre, 3 Hereford Street.
Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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