Archaeology and History of Greek and Roman Art (i+p) (2020/2021)

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The course (part I) aims to provide basic methodological tools and knowledge for the study of the material expression of Greek and Roman civilisation from the 9th century BC to the 4th century AD. In particular, the course (part I) will concentrate on the architecture of the Greek and Roman world, considering the technical aspects of construction and methods of decoration, understanding the historical, socio-economic and cultural dynamics that underpin their evolution. The expected learning outcomes are: KNOWLEDGE: 1. Knowledge of basic archaeological and technical terms. 2. Knowledge of the various periods of Greek and Roman history. 3. Knowledge of the diachronic development of techniques and styles. SKILLS: 1.Correct use of basic archaeological terminology with particular reference to that relating to technical and decorative aspects of ancient architecture. 2.  Application of an interdisciplinary methodological approach to historical-artistic interpretation of the past. 3.  Contextualisation of the artistic manifestations of Greco-Roman civilisation in their historical and socio-economic framework. 4.  Communication of aspects of Greek and Roman archaeological heritage using appropriate terminology. 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: KNOWLEDGES: 4. To be familiar with the basic archaeological terminology. 5. To be aware of the periodization of the Greek and Roman world in order to position correctly the major monuments and objects. 6. 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. SKILLS 5. To use correctly the basic archaeological terminology, with particular attention to this related to the material culture studies. 6. To adopt interdisciplinary methods and approaches in order to read and understand the ancient art. 7. To put into the correct social, economical and historical background the artistic expressions of the Greek and Roman culture. 8. To disseminate by using suitable vocabulary aspects of the Greek and Roman archaeological heritage.