ANCH326 The Art and Architecture of the Ancient World

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Updated: 02 April 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites Any 12cp in ANCH, HINQ, HIST or RELS or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ANCH426 or ANCH526
Notes None
Combined Units ANCH526 - The Art and Architecture of the Ancient World
Coordinator(s) Matthew Dillon (
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to the major achievements of art and architecture in the ancient world. This unit will involve a study of public and private space in ancient cities and of the functions of funerary monuments, religious architecture, and domestic art and architecture, as well as the attitude of ancient civilisations towards both the arts and their environment. This unit will also involve a study of relevant artefacts in the UNE Museum of Antiquities and the ways in which specific artefacts and museums can contribute to an understanding of the ancient world. Civilisations studied may include: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Bronze Age, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Greece, the Etruscans, Rome, the Celts, Late Antiquity and Early Byzantium.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. exhibit a broad knowledge of the settings (political, social and religious) in which ancient societies developed and the ability to identify the ways in which art and architecture reflect these settings;
  2. demonstrate competence in the use of architecture and artefacts as resources for historical study;
  3. critically understand ancient civilisations through a study of their art and architecture; and
  4. display an ability to write clearly and analytically at an undergraduate level.