From the gleaming marble of the Parthenon to the ethereal dome of the Pantheon, the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome has been a source of wonder and amazement for centuries. Even today we are surrounded by buildings and art forms derived from Greco-Roman models and myths of classical antiquity. Begin with the contributions of the Greeks, from the Mycenaeans to the successors of Alexander the Great. Continue with the civilizations of the Romans and their predecessors, the Etruscans. End with the role of myth in art and architecture from antiquity to present, the importance of mythology in the ancient world, and the ways in which it has helped to explain and shape human experience throughout history.
About the Instructor
Dr. Carrie Weaver is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a classical archaeologist, specializing in the archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world, with an emphasis on funerary art and architecture, burial practices, and the analysis of human bone. Dr. Weaver has excavated in Pompeii and Sicily, and studied human remains from the United Kingdom, Rome, Sicily, and Turkey. She is the author of The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily (University Press of Florida, 2015). The results of her research have been published in the American Journal of Archaeology, the Journal of Roman Archaeology, the Journal of Greek Archaeology, and the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.