ARTH 213(F) Greek Art and Myth (Same as Classics 213)
At no other time in the history of art is myth represented with as much immediacy and sophistication as in Greek art. In this course, we will become familiar with the representation of the figures and the stories of the gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines in painting and sculpture of the seventh through first centuries B.C. Of special interest will be: the various techniques developed by Greek artists for representing narratives visually; the historical, social, and conceptual issues that underlie mythology, such as war, marriage, sacrifice, and the nature of men, women, and the gods; and the various modern approaches to the interpretation of Greek myths, including the myth-and-ritual school, psychoanalysis, and structuralism. Reading will include selections from ancient authors in translation, such as Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Aischylos, Sophocles, and Euripides, as well as from modern scholarship on Greek art, myth, and narrative. Format: lecture, illustrated with slides. Requirements: two short papers, midterm, and a final exam. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 50. Not open to students who have taken Classics 104 without permission of instructor.