Roman Art and Architecture
This course provides an introduction to Roman art - sculpture, painting, architecture, minor arts (cameos, gems, silverware) - from c. 300 BC - c. AD 400. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between Roman art and Roman society. Issues to be addressed will include: elite competition and the formation of Roman art, Roman art and the projection of imperial power, painting and patronage, the Roman architectural revolution, the rise of Christian art and the decline of Roman art.
The course will include visits to the Roman collections in the British Museum.