Studies in the Ancient Imagination

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Studies in the Ancient Imagination

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Art History, Classics, Literature, Studio Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will look at Imperial public art and architecture and the representation of ethnic and political realities from Augustus to Justinian and Theodora. We will investigate the Roman conceptualization of the fringe of empire and its portrayal at the administrative core in terms of Roman Imperial expansion and later contraction and collapse. We will review artistic influence and hybrid imagery in terms of transition and flux, both geographically and ideologically, with a focus on the rise of Christian iconography, while the potency of such imagery will be weighted by their legacy and exploitation under Pope Sixtus V, Napoleon and Mussolini.

    Recommended Reading:

    Strong, D. 1995 (second edition) Roman Art. Yale.

    Ward-Perkins, J.B. Roman Imperial Architecture. New Haven ; London.

    Zanker, P. 1989 The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus . Ann Arbor.

    Further Reading:

    Bergmann, B. and Kondoleon, C. (ed.) 1999 The Art of Ancient Spectacle. Washington.

    Holscher, Tonio (forward by Jas Elsner, translated by Anthony Snodgrass and Annemarie Kunzl-Snodgrass) 2004 The Language of Images in Roman Art. CUP.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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