AH 11 Ancient Art Syllabus



Ancient Art – Course Syllabus

AH 11                                                Section 101892                                 Spring 2018


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 11                                 Calendar Spring 2018              

Date      Due      Lecture Topics                                       Text Readings

1/29                  Introduction + Prehistory 1                       Read Prehistoric Art Chapter  

1/31      A1        Prehistoric 1                                           Read Ancient Near East Chapter


2/5                    Prehistoric 2

2/7                    Mesopotamian Art 1                                Read Mesopotamian Art Chapter   


2/12                  Mesopotamian Art 2                                Read Egyptian Art Chapter

2/14     Quiz     Egyptian Intro



2/19                  Washington’s Birthday Holiday

2/21                  Egyptian Art Exam Review


2/26                  Egyptian Art

2/28      EXAM  MidtermExamination  Prehistoric through Egyptian Art


3/5                    Greek Bronze Age – Cycladic + Minoan      Read Aegean Art Chapter                         

3/7                    Bronze Age Mycenaean                


3/12                  Greek Myth                                          

3/14                  Greek Myth


3/19                  Greek Styles + Geometric                         Read Greek Art Geometric

3/21 Quiz Myth Archaic 1 Architecture                              Read Greek Art Archaic                           


3/26                  Spring Break

3/28                  Spring Break


4/2                    Archaic 2 Sculpture                                             

4/4                    Archaic 3 Painting                                  


4/9                    Classical 1 Acropolis, Athens                    Read Greek Art Classical

4/11                  Classical 2 Greek Sites 2 


4/16                  Classical 3 Greek Sculpture                      

4/18                  Classical 4 Greek Vase Painting                


4/23                  Hellenistic 1 – 4th Century                        Read Greek Art Hellenistic

4/25                  Hellenistic 2 + Jewelry


4/30                  Italy - Etruscan + Roman Architecture         Read Etruscan Art

                        Exam Review                                         Read Roman Art

5/2        A2        Roman Sculpture Free Standing                            


5/7                    Roman Sculptural Relief                          

5/9                    Pompeii + Painting, Conclusions to Ancient Art


5/14 Final Exam 1 In class normal class time                                                      

5/16 Final Exam2 Final Exam Short Essays based on class lecture


5/21-5/26           Cabrillo Finals Week -  No Class No Exam                                                         


AH 11            ASSIGNMENTS AND EXAM SCHEDULE           Spring 2018


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 1 Questionnaire –Download questionnaire into an Office Word file or any .doc or .docx file and email with Photo.

A2 Due May 2  Theme: Four Additions to the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World: A Personal List that adds four wonders to the original 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.  Your four additions must be from the same regions and periods of the original 7 Wonders and should impress the Ancient Greek philosophers by the quality of your selections. This essay is 3 pages minimum.  Double-spaced, one-inch margins, font size 12. Title page and Bibliography, or illustrations are not counted in the 3 page count.


Your  Four Additions to the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World paper must include:

1       Title Page – The only place for your name and title is on the first title page.  This information is not repeated anywhere else on the paper.


2       Introduction –Your Intro should include 4 items – 1. The purpose of the essay – your need to add 4 because the original list was incomplete. 2. Include the list of the original 7 Wonders by name and place. 3. The theme that connects all 7 originals together and which will connect your 4 new ones with them.  This part explains what your criteria are that binds your new wonders list together. This is the most important part of the Intro and will consist of a group of Wonders characteristics. 4. The list of your 4 editions.


3       Body of Paper describes in detail your 4 new Wonders. Make sure your examples stay on the theme you describe in your Intro. Your four examples should fit in with the spirit and imagination of the existing 7 wonders. Since no original 7 Wonders would have been from Prehistoric times or outside the regions or times periods of the original, be sure not to include items that would be immediately deleted by the Ancient philosophers – for example – Stonehenge – No,  the Great Wall of China – No.  The Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Mexico,  No.  In order to do this paper you need to consult the actual 7 wonders.  You should not include a description of each original wonder or any lengthy description of their selection. 


Important - Describe each new Wonder you select in detail.  What is its medium – sculpture, architecture, etc.  What is it made out of and its size. Include the artist if known, nationality, myth or legend surrounding it. Because your works are your choices you must name or identify each one carefully and explain their location. Include a paragraph on each selection explaining why your choice meets your Wonders criteria as stated in the Intro.  Stupendous, awesome, remarkable and marvelous won’t do. You may pre-approve your four additions with me but they must be given to me no later than April 26.


4       Conclusions – Explain here, not in the Intro why your additions round out the original 7 Wonders and now make the list of 11 total Wonders more complete.  You need at least three good reasons.


5       Bibliography at the end. Note – No encyclopedias are used for this paper.  Wikipedia as a source will automatically give you an F on this paper. Web sites require site title + web address.


6       Illustrations of all new selections at the end, but do not include illustrations of the Original 7.


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. 


8       Include this list at the end of your paper with a pencil check near each.




          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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