Archaeology and History of Greek and Roman Art (i+p) - II MODULO PARTE (P) (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Diana Sergeeva Dobreva
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Sem. 2A dal Feb 18, 2019 al Mar 30, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

The main aim of the course on Archaeology and History of Greek and Roman Art (part II) is to acquire useful knowledge in identification and typological, functional and chronological classification of the artistic and artisan expressions of the Greek and Roman civilisations between 9th cent. BC to the beginning of the 4th cent. AD. During the lectures a general framework of the Greek and Roman artistic production will be developed through chronological articulation and by paying specific attention to ancient sculpture, portraits, pottery and glass. During the lessons a central theme will be the relationship between Greek and Roman culture e its particular expression in the ancient art and material culture.
The expected results of learning are:

1. To be familiar with the basic archaeological terminology.
2. To be aware of the periodization of the Greek and Roman world in order to position correctly the major monuments and objects.
3. To be acquainted with the diachronic development of different styles and techniques, of cultural forms due to variety of artistic choices and the role of the one who orders the commission.
1. To use correctly the basic archaeological terminology, with particular attention to this related to the material culture studies.
2. To adopt interdisciplinary methods and approaches in order to read and understand the ancient art.
3. To put into the correct social, economical and historical background the artistic expressions of the Greek and Roman culture.
4. To disseminate by using suitable vocabulary aspects of the Greek and Roman archaeological heritage.


The course intends to provide an introduction of the historic evolution of Greek and Roman culture through the examination of artistic and artisan products made between 9th cent. BC and the beginning of the 4th cent. AD. The programme of the course is organised into the following educational units:

1. Sculpture:
- Greek models;
- Hellenistic repertoire;
- Roman historical representations;
- Major triumphal monuments;

2. Portraits:
- The lost Greek art and the Roman copies (adopting the Greek art);
- Types of statue groups;
- Links between Greek and Roman cultures;

3. Pottery:
- Greek and Magno-Greek pottery:
a) Productions and repertoire;
b) In the potter’s workshop;
c) Black figure vase-painting;
d) Red figure vase-painting;
- Roman pottery:
a) Production and trade;
b) Consumption and globalisation;

4. Glass
- Technology and workshops
- Hellenistic mould-made glass
- Glass cameo technique
- Blown-made glass

Follow-up meetings
As part of the course will be organised some follow-up meetings, developed through a cross-cutting issue as the research on the relationship between Greek and Roman sculpture; pottery painting and visual transmission; the globalisation of Roman taste.

It’s expected that students have already attended the first part of the course – Archaeology and history of Greek and Roman Art (I part). Furthermore, it is believed that one has good knowledge of History of Greek and Roman world and of ancient geography (we suggest the use of historic atlas). We hereby heartily recommend the participation of the follow-up meetings and seminars, as so of the archaeological excavations organised by the other disciplines related to the field of Classics.

The meetings will be established as taught classes using PowerPoint presentations that will be get available to the students through the e-learning platform. An integrated part of the course will be a guided tour in the Archaeological Museum of the Roman Theatre of Verona.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
G. Bejor, M. Castoldi, C. Lambrugo Arte greca. Dal decimo al primo secolo a.C. Mondadori Università 2013 I seguenti paragrafi: Capitolo 1, paragrafi: 1.1, 1.3 Capitolo 2, paragrafi: 2.1, 2.3, 2.5 Capitolo 3, paragrafi: 3.1, 3.3, 3.5, 3.9, 3.10 Capitolo 4, paragrafi: 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 4.6 Capitolo 5, paragrafi: 5.1, 5.4 Capitolo 6, paragrafi: 6.1, 6.3, 6.5 Capitolo 7, paragrafi: 7.1, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.3, 7.4 Capitolo 8, paragrafi: 8.1, 8.2.2, 8.5
M. Papini Arte romana Mondadori Università 2016 I seguenti paragrafi: Capitolo 10, pp. 291-319. Capitolo 11, pp. 320-344. Capitolo 13, pp. 361-383. Capitolo 16, pp. 424-449. Capitolo 17, pp. 450-466.
G. Bejor, M. Castoldi, C. Lambrugo, E. Panero Botteghe e artigiani Mondadori Università 2012 I seguenti paragrafi: Capitolo 3, paragrafi: 3.1, 3.2 Capitolo 5
R. Francovich e D. Manacorda Dizionario di archeologia Laterza 2006 Le seguenti voci: Ceramica, pp. 53-61 Classificazione e tipologia, pp. 61-65 Archeologia del commercio, pp. 65-75 Archeologia del consumo, pp. 85-90 Cultura Materiale, pp. 99-104 Iconografia e iconologia, pp. 163-168 Stile, pp. 282-286
D. Gandolfi La ceramica e i materiali di età romana. Classi, produzioni, commerci e consumi 2005

Assessment methods and criteria

The aim of the exam consists in testing the expected results of the learning objectives previously listed.
The exam will provide written examination that for the students that have attended the course will consist of the identification of 6 monuments or artefacts, based on the images includes in the PowerPoint presentations and will also include 4 open questions. The students who are not able to attend the course in the lecture hall are supposed also to answer to 2 more questions related to the referred titles.
For the final judgment will factor in the ability of the students to identify with expertise and self-confidence the monuments and the finds presented during the lectures, facing their description and chronological overview, so as the ability to deduce starting from technical analyses of the artefacts social, economical, historical and cultural conclusions.