Institute of Archaeology


From Alexandria to Pompeii:representing humans & the world of nature in Hellenistic & Roman painting

This course explores the extraordinary transformation in the contexts, contents and practices of ancient painting which took place in the Hellenistic and early imperial Roman worlds: these include the invention of major genres in Western painting such as landscape and still-life, as well as new modes of portraiture and interior decoration associated with the Hellenistic kings and the Roman elites who emulated them.

Materials covered will include the tomb-paintings and mummy-portraits of Greco-Roman Egypt, and the wall-paintings of Pompeii and Herculaneum, ranging from bourgeois dining rooms to the erotic imagery of suburban bath-houses.

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  • Not running in 2019-20