Classics-Art 300 Reading Assignments

Each of these reading assignments has a list of terms. You should try to learn 5 major facts about each of these terms. A major fact should include a date wherever possible, mention of what culture you are talking about (Greece, Rome, America, etc.), a full definition of the term, and another major fact or two. These terms will be used on your quizzes. Each quiz will feature 2 terms that you must give 5 facts about. E-mail us if you have questions. Failure to take 3 quizzes means you will receive an E grade for your quiz component so make sure you note when each quiz will be given!.                                             

Please Note: You are required to take 3 quizzes. You may take all 4 quizzes, in which case we will count only your 3 top grades and we will throw away the 4th grade. However, if your 4th grade is also outstanding and high it can be used to give you 2 points of extra credit on your final examination.

Reading Assignment for the quiz on September 17. On the Internet, go to and read the first page of the article there about ancient Greece, noting the following words to define with 5 major facts including a date if relevant, a good definition and 3 relevant facts: Aegean, Minoans, Myceneans, Sir Arthur Evans, Heinrich Schliemann, Troy, polis, acropolis, oligarchy, Athens, Solon, Persian Wars, Sparta, Pericles. Also go to Internet site… and note the words Erectheion, Temple, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Parthenon, Stoa, Theater, Boule, Bouleterion. Also read the Legacy paragraph at the bottom of this site. Also, begin reading in the Soren textbook, starting with the 2nd part from pages 57 to 71, noting the following terms: Dorothy Arzner, Westlake School and its importance, William and Cecil B. De Mille, James Cruze, Isadora Duncan, Marion Morgan. Greek tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus, Eironeia, Hubris, the Antigone.
Reading and Viewing Assignment for the quiz on October 1  (don't forget  the midterm on October 15th).  You are to go the D2L content section and view Dr. Soren's movies entitled Roman Archaeology: Myth and Reality, Part One- Rome and the Etruscans and Part Two- The Rise of Rome. View the entire 2 movies (a total of about 70 minutes) and note the following terms from the movie: Villanovans, Etruscans, Populonia, Roman Forum, Curia, Comitium, Roman Republic, Romulus and Remus, aqueduct, cloaca maxima, Roman theater, Pompey the Great, Augustus,  Also read in your ONLINE READINGS under the headings Pompey and Augustus the article added to this website taken from the book by Russel M. Geer, Rome (New York, 1941) and in that article please note in the readings beginning with Pompey and Caesar the following terms: Pompey (as opposed to Pompeii--don't confuse the two--one is a man and the other a city), Crassus, Spartacus,  Mithridates, Cicero, The First Triumvirate, consul, Julius Caesar, Civil War, Gaul, Mark Antony, Octavian (later known as Augustus), Cleopatra. Read also Dr. Soren's book pages 71 -  86, 91 - 107, noting Lucille Ball, Sophocles, Antigone, Maureen O'Hara, Venus, Irony, Josef Von Sternberg, Mary Baker Eddy, Amelia Earhart, Zoe Akins, The "Sewing Circle". Arzner's biography is optional reading in Dr. Soren's book but you may find it relevant reading for background on Arzner..

Reading Assignment for the quiz on October 29th:  View Dr. Soren's movie on D2L entitled Roman Archaeology: Myth and Reality, Part 3-Imperial Rome noting the following terms: Julio-Claudians, Augustus, Nero, Vespasian, Flavian Dynasty, Pompeii, Colosseum, the Pantheon. From the later part of the film note some reasons for the decline of the Roman empire such as the rise of Christianity, the role of emperor Constantine in moving the capitol from Rome, the danger of earthquakes especially in the east, and the spread of the worst kind of malaria through Italy. Read also from the book by John Poppelier, S. Allen Chambers, and Nancy B. Schwartz, What Style Is It? (Washington, 1976) which is included on this website in the readings section and listed by the book title. You should learn these terms: colonial period, Georgian, Andrea Palladio,  Robert Adam, Jeffersonian Style, Greek Revival, Beaux-Arts. Also read the one page article on Thomas Jefferson from the U.S. News and World Report which I have included from May 1, 2000 and note why Thomas Jefferson was important to America.  Read the brief passage on Busby Berkeley included on the website, taken from Tony Thomas and Jim Terry, The Busby Berkeley Book (New York, 1973) noting 5 important characteristics about Busby Berkeley and his film work. Read also in Dr. Soren's book, pages 5 - 25, noting Eddie Cantor, Father Charles Coughlin, Roman Scandals, The March of Dimes, Franklin Delano roosevelt and the New Deal, National Recovery Administration, Herbert Hoover, The Great Depression, Bank Night, Depression Modern style of art, Clara Bow, "It", Art Deco, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Raymond Loewy, bakelite, the Both- And- Style. .

Reading Assignment - Nov. 12th quiz.  Also go to this website on the Internet :… and look over it noting especially these terms-- Neo-Classical Architecture, Andrea Palladio, Marc-Antoine Laugier, The Age of Enlightenment, Parthenon, Pantheon, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson's Monticello, The U.S. Capitol, Virginia State Capitol Building. Also read the short note on The Films of Leni Riefenstahl. Also read in Dr. Soren's book pages 25 -  57,   noting Busby Berkeley, the Hays Code, John Murray Anderson, permanent wave, Jewish vaudevillians, Screen Actors Guild, burlesque, blackface, Jim Crow, minstrel shows, James Bland, Bert Williams, Sigmund Freud, Cab Calloway, Ruth Etting, zeppelin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, WPA, NRA, CCC, Ben-Hur, Lew Wallace, Robert E. Sherwood.

Prepare for the final examination on the last day of class December 8th. For this you need to read chapters 1 and 2 of Mary Beard and John Henderson's book Classical Art from Greece to Rome. You can read the entire book but at least be sure to read the first 2 chapters and be able to write an essay about them for the final. What should be in your essay? See the Final Examination Study Guide on this website.