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CLU22702 Ancient Visual and Material Culture: Exploring the Hidden Lives of Objects

Every object has stories –shaped by human uses– to tell. This module explores how visual and material culture offers a distinctive window for understanding the past by choosing specific artefacts from the ancient Mediterranean, reconstructing their ‘biographies’ and using them as a prism for thinking about wider social issues. Using both iconic and lesser-known objects, the module focuses on themes such as image and text; religion, power and ideology; warfare; funerary rituals; daily life and its fictions; gender and sexuality.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Giorgos Papantoniou
  • Duration:
    • Semester 2
  • Contact Hours:
    • 27 hours (22 hours lectures, 5 seminars)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% coursework (three written assignments)
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH Greek; TJH Latin; Columbia Dual Degree; Visiting; Open Module

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Apply visual and spatial skills to the analysis of visual and material culture
  • Reconstruct specific themes, drawing on the full range of archaeological, artistic and textual sources.
  • Evaluate the role of visual and material culture in shaping society
  • Think critically about the social biography of objects, from their production to their consumption and transformation, from antiquity to the present
  • Apply relevant methodologies and theoretical approaches to independent work
  • Communicate ideas and arguments effectively both in oral presentations and discussion, and in written work.