Institute of Archaeology

From Alexandria to Pompeii:  representing humans and the world of nature in Hellenistic and 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 2017-18

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