Art and Visual Culture in the Roman World (CLA3265)

15 credits

The art and visual culture of the Roman world has left an enduring legacy for the modern world, but it also was an essential part of ancient social life, religion, politics and culture. People living in the Roman world were well aware of the impact that visual culture had on its viewers, and used it to honour the gods, promote themselves, and express personal and shared identities. This module will look at a range of different forms of art (including sculpture, architecture, interior decoration), and a range of different contexts in which art was used and displayed. We shall discuss what art meant to the Roman viewer, and how it can help the modern historian to better understand ancient ideologies and value systems.