AH 11H Honors Ancient Art Syllabus



Honos Ancient Art – Course Syllabus

AH 11H                                                          Section 95397                                                Spring 2017


Monday- Wednesday 11:10 AM -12:30 PM Room VAPA 1001  Dr. Brian Legakis. 

Office Hours M-Th 8:30-9-30 AM   W 6:00-7:00 PM Wat

Cabrillo phone 479-6368          Home phone - 688-1325   

E-mail –  brlegaki@cabrillo.edu   or   qtermile@me.com but never email both

Ancient Art Website – www.cabrilloarthistory.com



Prehistoric to Late Roman is a course that is designed to survey the architecture, painting, and sculpture of the Ancient World from 30,000 BC to 400 AD.  The cave painters of Prehistory, the Mesopotamian city builders, the Egyptian tomb craftsmen, and the Greek and Roman artists will be introduced according to the unique contributions in art from each region  This course uses archaeology to explain art, for the process of providing a cross-cultural approach peculiar to archaeologists.  Specifically, we as a class will explore many objects of art as documents of human history, not merely political, nor military, but often in terms of revealing the hidden details of daily life, of the Greeks, Babylonians, and Egyptian peoples.



Marilyn Stokstad, Michael Cothren, Art History Portable Edition,  Ancient Art, Book 1.

ISBN 9780205949328    Earlier editions are acceptable



Text readings - for class, exams, and essays. Weekly Reading and Written Assignments.

Exams and quizzes - all are announced and on calendar.  Extra credit quizzes are not announced.

Essay - Brief essay assigned on the readings and museum/gallery viewings, as well as special topics.   

Grading - Letter grades will be given to all exams and most essays.   The course grade is based on the final exam, midterm exams, quizzes and essays, as well as attendance and participation.

Student Learner Outcomes – Individual student activities with measurable results

1. Write an essay that synthesizes the vocabulary terms and concepts included in the study of Ancient art.

2. Decide the identity of known and unknown Ancient art works in terms of period, iconography, form and style.


Attendance:  Honors are expected to attend class and any absence should be excused.  Any time that a student misses three consecutive class periods, without contacting me, that student will be dropped from the course.

Assignments: All written assignments are expected to be turned in on time in the first 5 min. of class.  If you have a problem, contact me. Late papers are accepted - with one half grade marked down per day late.

Quizzes and Examinations: It is especially important not to be absent for a quiz or an examination.  It is unlikely that a make up will be granted to a student.


House Rules VAPA 1001 is a state-of-the-art Art History lecture hall, emphasizing superior acoustics and visual clarity. Anything that distracts from that experience hinders student learning.  Cell phone use of any kind, non -note-taking laptop use, talking in class and other disturbances are prohibited and will be enforced daily.


Students needing accommodationsshould contact the instructor ASAP, as well as office of Accessibility.




AH MW                                Calendar Spring 2017                  

Date         Due          Lecture Topics                                                       Text Readings

1/23                         Introduction + Prehistory 1                         Read Prehistoric Art Chapter  

1/25         A1           Prehistoric 2  + Mesopotamia 1                   Read Ancient Near East Chapter


1/30                         Mesopotamia 2

2/1                          Egyptian Art 1                                                         Read Egyptian Art Chapter         


2/6                          Egyptian Art 2

2/8          Quiz        Egyptian Art 3


2/13                         Greek Bronze Age – Cycladic + Minoan       Read Aegean Art Chapter                                         

                               Exam review

2/15                         Bronze Age Mycenaean                             


2/20                        Washington’s Birthday Holiday               

2/22         EXAM     MidtermExamination                                             Read Greek Art Geometric          


2/27                         Greek Myth

3/1                          Greek Myth


3/6                          Greek Styles + Geometric                                         

3/8                          Archaic 1 Architecture                                Read Greek Art Archaic                                            


3/13                         Archaic 2 Sculpture                                                  

3/15         Quiz Myth               Archaic 3 Painting                                   


3/20                         Spring Break

3/22                         Spring Break


3/27                         Classical 1 Acropolis, Athens                     Read Greek Art Classical

3/29                        Classical 2 Greek Sites 2           


4/3                          Classical 3 Greek Sculpture                       

4/5                          Classical 4 Greek Vase Painting                 


4/10                         Hellenistic 1 – 4th Century                                         Read Greek Art Hellenistic

4/12                  Hellenistic 2 + Jewelry


4/17                         Italy - Etruscan                                                        Read Etruscan Art

                               Roman Sculpture Free Standing                  Read Roman Art

4/19                         Roman Sculptural Relief                                          


4/24                         Roman Architecture 1 Exam Review                                         

4/26                    Roman Architecture 2

 4/28      A2

5/1                          Pompeii + Painting                                  

5/3                          Late Antique                                                          

                               Seven Wonders of the Ancient World           Handouts


5/8                          Conclusions to Ancient Art

5/10                        Final Exam In class normal class time


5/15-5/20  Cabrillo Finals Week -  No Class No Exam                                                                           


AH 11H            ASSIGNMENTS AND EXAM SCHEDULE                    Spring 2017


Examinations and Quizzes see calendar for dates – no notes or text allowed

Quizzes - minimal review sheets.

Quiz 1 – slide and term identification covering Prehistory, Mesopotamia and Egypt Intro. Quiz 2 – Greek Myth

Examinations: detailed reviews for exams. Midterm Examination 1 slide and term identification covering Prehistory, Mesopotamia and Egypt and Bronze Age Greece Final Examination – Comprehensive Exam on Course

Assignment Essays

A 1A and B. Online Photo part due first week of class and the questionnaire part B is due in the first two weeks of class.

 A2 Term Paper Due 4/28 Theme: Small Art Exhibit at Major Greek Sanctuary.  Your Mythic Character Takes Center Stage by organizing a small exhibit of five works of art from the worlds museums to take place at the most important sanctuary dedicated to your Mythic Character in Greece at their local on site museum.   Your art must date from Between Geometric through Hellenistic and Roman Periods but does not have to include all these periods.  The 5 works of art of sculpture and painted vases etc. detail the myth and religion of your mythic character and how your object relates to the site. The paper is a minimum of 5 pages in length,  double spaced size 12 font or less with one inch margins.  A title page, Introduction, body of paper with five examples, Conclusions, and Bibliography must be included.  Please read the following instructions carefully before you begin.


1. Title Page is required. No pictures, size 12 font, name and title and course number and date.  This information is not repeated anywhere else in your paper.


2. Introduction to paper restates the theme topic stated below in your own words, explaining what you are trying to accomplish. Small Art Exhibit at Major Greek Sanctuary – 5 selected works of art that illustrate the importance of God X at the following Greek Sanctuary. First select and identify the sanctuary site that is dedicated your god – Identify it briefly by name and geographical location, and explain its physical characteristics as well as its religious importance. Then list all five objects of art in your report. Please do not start your paper off with a general statement about art such as “of the many wonders of Ancient Art we today can only imagine the greatness of a bygone era.” You will be marked down for general art statements or quotes as your topic sentence.


3. Body of Paper contains detailed descriptions of your five examples of art from between Geometric – Roman times.  Most of them will likely be Archaic and Classical era.  Start each art object with an abstract. Your abstract will closely resemble a museum label. Then describe the object in detail, including  the iconography and religious significance this object would have at this site. Your works of art can be selected from any museum that provides fully detailed descriptions that help you with your own.  They do not have to actually come from the sites you selected – just match the right deity.


4. Conclusions to paper. Your Conclusions are your summary.  Think of it as an abstract of the entire paper. You need to be precise, accurate and brief.  Explain how your exhibit in its sum total adds to the understanding of your archaeological site. This is entirely your interpretation but it must appear rational and true to the site and the objects.  Your Conclusions are vital to your papers grade.


5. Bibliography – a collection of all sources in your paper.  Expect to include a minimum of 10 sources with 5 physical books or articles.  Your web sources need to be identified by both website title as well as  web address.  Encyclopedias or Wikipedia citations must not be used.  Theoi is an exception. “Safe web Sources” will be provided. Any bibliographic format is accepted.


6. Illustrations of all new selections at the end.


7 Proof read carefully. No quotes, unless it is an ancient person speaking.  Write paper in your own words.  Whole line or even half line copy/paste selections from an author is considered plagiarism and you will want to stay away from that.  Failure to proof read can result in a grade reduction.




             Note Taking and Preparing for Art History Courses


How do you prepare for Art History courses?  Most of you are new to Art History courses.  Even those who have had Art History before or even my own courses might take a moment to read these tips. 


Art History may be studied in many different ways.  Naturally it is about art objects of great beauty and inspiration.   Some students feel that to be able to appreciate art it requires a natural talent.  Natural talent always helps.  Art Studio majors take Art History as part of their training for their major as artists, and their contributions in class are always helpful.  The study of Art History clearly encompasses the things working artists deal with daily – design and composition, line, shape, color, textured surfaces, and much more.  Art History also covers the subject matter and the stories around these subjects.  These discussions take us into the life and history of the period and the experiences of artists.   In talking about the artists we look into their favorite methods of creating, which brings us back to the art objects themselves.  As you can see, we often move back and forth between art and people and places.  There are things to observe, measure, and describe in great detail – just as in science, anthropology or history classes.  Art History is factual, and it is about much more than just dates and titles.


How do students learn the facts and methods of Art History?  Some are able to learn entirely on their own through their own research.  Many, however, find it overwhelming to get through the terms and names and subjects by themselves.  Taking this course assumes you would like to learn in a classroom atmosphere.  Each day you will see and learn about new art from exotic places.   My lectures are full of stories and experiences.  You may want to sit back and take it all in for the moment, but it is likely you will forget the details unless you take notes – really good notes.


You will need to take notes for quizzes and exams and for yourself.  I used to give out elaborate handouts only to find that students stopped taking notes.  Now my handouts are on the slide images, around them, above and below.  My stories need to be taken down as well because I weave all the information together into a whole.  Don’t make choices.  Everything is important and every slide you see could end up on an exam.  They will not all be used as there are too many, but you will not know which ones we will examine until you receive the exam review sheets.  I do not know myself until I actually make up the exams.


So, every day in class come prepared with your notebook and take everything down.  Date the top of each page, include the slide number at the bottom of each slide and at some point put the subject or artist above each page so you can find it quickly at a later date for study or to clarify your answer in a quiz.    Ideally you would read these notes after each lecture but I know that is not always possible.  The lecture slides are labeled and available online.  Check the online support for this class often.  It will help you in many ways, but it cannot substitute for great notes.   With all that you have invested in your notebook, ID it clearly.


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