Classics 456/556 Syllabus

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Classics 456/556 Greek and Roman Painting and Mosaics Syllabus

                                        Instructor: Dr. David Soren

  1. Office Hours – Wednesdays, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. 321 Anthropology/Haury Building
  1. Reading and Examination Requirements: Each student will be required to read the assignments given out by the instructor and to take a quiz on these every two weeks in class. Students must take three quizzes, a midterm and a final. Additional quizzes may be used as extra credit if the student obtains a high grade. These good quizzes can only be used at the instructor’s discretion to help a borderline student to receive a higher grade. Your midterm is on October 13th and your final is on the last day of class December 10th.
  1. Discipline- Students may not disrupt the class in any manner, including talking while the professor is lecturing and interrupting the professor with repeated questioning. Students are free to ask several questions per class as they wish or to ask them before or after class.
  1. Attendance- Students may sign in every day to obtain extra credit. Extra credit will be granted if the students miss no more than three classes. Extra credit may also be obtained by attending a recommended lecture and signing in there. Each extra credit adds one point to your final examination grade.
  1. Responsibilities- Students are expected to take the quizzes every two weeks, the midterm and final. Papers cannot be substituted for quizzes or examinations. Graduate students must do a classroom presentation of ten minutes and a ten page paper in addition to the regular requirements. Final papers from graduate students must be ca. 10 pages long and they will receive two grades: one for grammar and one for content. These papers are due on the last day of class.
  1. Final Grades- Your grade is determined by your midterm (one third), final (one third), quizzes (one third). Good attendance and extra credit will boost a borderline student to a higher grade but is done at the discretion of the instructor.
  1. Missing Examinations- Examinations may be missed and retaken only in the case of a major documented medical illness, official university excused business, or documented family emergency. Otherwise a missed examination is averaged in as an E. Attendance at weddings, family outings and vacations to visit friends are not acceptable excuses.
  1. Textbooks are:

          Katherine M. D. Dunbabin, Mosaics of the Greek and Roman World

          Roger Ling, Roman Painting


I. Possible Paper Topics for Graduate Students and Undergraduate 

          Honors students. Topics may be selected on a first come first served

          basis. Students must also select a presentation slot near semester's



Opus Scutulatum at Lugnano- parallels and date

The Roman Geometric Floors of Lugnano- parallels and date

Asarotos Oikos- Unswept Floor Mosaics

The Alexander Mosaic of Pompeii

Hunt Mosaics

Mosaic Decoration in Syria

Mosaic Decoration in Merida, Spain

The Role of the Seasons in Painting or Mosaics

Mosaics of the Months from Sousse

Iconography and Symbols in Early Christian Mosaics in Rome

Mosaics of Trier

Roman Mosaics in Hungary

Ships and Boats with Roman Mosaics

Mosaic Signatures in the Greek and Roman Period

Nilotic Subjects- Origins and Types

The Palestrina Mosaic

The Woodchester Mosaic

The Lopen Mosaic of Somerset

Daily Life Illustrated in Mosaic or Painting

The Zodiac in Mosaic- Astrological Signs and Symbols

Apotropaic Mosaics- Magic Signs and Evil Spirits

Achilles in Mosaic and Painting

Orpheus Mosaics

The Rape of Ganymede in Mosaics

Jesus in Early Christian Mosaics versus Our Image of Jesus Now

Scaenografia- stage painting

A griffin portrait from Lugnano in Teverina

Egyptianizing motives

The Wall Paintings of Ostia

Catacomb Painting in Rome

The Concept of the Grotto in Wall Decoration

Painting in the Second Century A.D. at Ostia

Dura-Europus Synogogue


                             Preliminary Course Bibliography:

-- La Mosaique Greco-Romaine I (Paris, 1963)

-- La Mosaique Greco-Romaine II (Paris, 1971)

-- Mosaics: Deterioration and Conservation (Rome, 1977)

Alexander, Margaret, Mongi Ennaifer, David Soren and others. Corpus des Mosaiques de Tunisie Vol. I, Fascicule l (Tunis, 1973)- (there are also four more volumes)

Balty, Janine. Mosaique Antiques de Syrie (Brussels, 1977)

Ben Abed Ben Khader, Aicha and David Soren (editors). Carthage- A Mosaic of Ancient Tunisia (New York, 1987)

Brilliant, Richard. Roman Art (London, 1974) pp. 135-148

Bruneau, Philippe. Delos (Paris, 1973)

Campanati, Raffaela Farioli. Il Colloquio Internazionale Sul Mosaico Antico

     (Ravenna, 1980)

Campbell, Sheila. Mosaics of Antioch (Toronto, 1988)

Clarke, John. Roman Black-and-White Figural Mosaics (New York, 1979)

Darmon, Jean-Pierre. Nympharum Domus (Leiden, 1980)

Dunbabin, Katherine. The Mosaics of Roman North Africa (Oxford, 1978)

Dunbabin, Katherine. Mosaics of the Greek and Roman World (Cambridge, 1999)

Field, Robert. Geometric Patterns from Roman Mosaics (Tarquin, 1990)

Fischer, Peter. Mosaic: History and Technique (New York,1971)

Freijeiro, Antonio Blanco. Mosaicos Romanos de Merida (Madrid, 1978)

Foucher, Louis. Inventaire des Mosaiques-Sousse (Tunis, 1960)

Gentili, Gino. The Mosaics of Piazza Armerina (Milan, 1964)

Germain, Suzanne. Les Mosaiques de Timgad (Paris, 1969)

Kiss, Akos. Roman Mosaics in Hungary (Budapest, 1973)

Lancha, Janine. Mosaiques Geometriques Les Ateliers de Vienne  (Isere) (Rome, 1977)

Levi, Doro. Antioch Mosaic Pavements Vols. I and II (Rome, 1971)

Ling, Roger, Ancient Mosaics (Princeton, 1998)

Ling, Roger, Ancient Painting (Cambridge, 1991)

L'Orange, H.P. Mosaics (London, 1966)

Meyboom, Robert. The Nile Mosaic of Palestrina (Brill, 1995)

Michaelides, Dimitris. Cypriot Mosaics (Nicosia, 1987)

Moore, Richard E.M.  "A Newly Observed Stratum in Roman Floor Mosaics," American

     Journal of Archaeology 72 1968 pp. 57-68

Neal, David S. Roman Mosaics in Britain (London, 1981)

Ovadiah, Asher. Geometric and Floral Patterns in Ancient Mosaics (Rome, 1980)

Petsas, P.M. Pella (Lund, 1964)

Rainey, Anne. Mosaics in Roman Britain (Totowa, New Jersey, 1973)

Richter, Gisela. Greek Painting (New York, 1949)

Salomonson, J.W. Mosaiques Romains de la Tunisie (Washington,1964)

Stern, Henri. Recueil General du Mosaiques de la Gaule Vols. I and II (Paris, 1963)

Stern, Henri and others. Repertoire graphique du decor geometrique dans la mosaique   antique (Paris, 1973)

Vitruvius. The Ten Books on Architecture translated by Morris Hicky Morgan (Dover,1960) Book VII. l on floor