What is the course about?
We have a talk every month from October to July. Details will be included here when they become available or check the link above.
What will we cover?
Wed 13 April 2016 - 12:30-13:30 – room 115
Lecture title: What’s classic about classical art?
Lecturer: Caroline Vout, Cambridge University
Gardens, galleries and parks across Europe are peopled by bronze and marble figures that are unimaginable without Greek and Roman sculpture. Modernism notwithstanding, artists are still reinterpreting this sculpture today. How did Greek and Roman sculpture come to have this status? This lecture looks at how artefacts imagined first in the ancient Greek world, and often erected in sacred spaces, came to dictate the western art-historical tradition; how artefacts accrue meanings and values positive and negative as they move from culture to culture, display context to display context, and across time; how some Greek and Roman sculpture became 'classic(al)' and 'art'. It looks at how history shapes what we look at and how art shapes society.
Caroline Vout is Reader in Classics in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College. She has published widely on Greek and Roman art and its reception, ancient history and Latin literature. Her books include Power and Eroticism in Imperial Rome (2007) and The Hills of Rome: Signature of an Eternal City (2012), both Cambridge University Press, and Sex on Show: Seeing the Erotic in Greece and Rome (2013, The British Museum).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate some knowledge and appreciation of the topic presented by the speaker.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to all levels. You need no prior knowledge of Classical languages or history - just bring your curiosity.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a lecture led by the speaker. There will be an opportunity at the end to ask questions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No costs involved. You may want to bring a pen and paper - or electronic equivalent.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any other Classics classes.
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