Gods and Goddesses in Greek Art

Ref: C3744178

In this course we will look at the various ways in which ancient religion, beliefs and indeed daily life have been represented by classical artists. We will investigate the stories associated with Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Aphrodite and Hades along with great heroes such as Hercules, Achilles and the warriors in the Trojan war. This will be achieved through an exploration of classical Greek sculpture and vase painting, Roman sculpture and wall paintings from Pompeii and Herculaneum. We will also briefly touch on the influence of classical religion, art and poetry on the later art of the Renaissance and beyond. Classical monuments include the sculptures of the Parthenon, the frescoes from Pompeii and Greek painted vases, many of which can be found in the British Museum.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to stories of myth and monsters, gods and goddesses, heroes and villains through a study of classical sculpture, vase painting and frescoes from ancient Greece and Rome.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the depiction of Achilles in the vase paintings of archaic Greece.
  • Describe at least one wall painting depicting myth from Pompeii.
  • Discuss the development of classical representations of the human form through sculpture and painting from ancient Greece and Rome.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Gods and Goddesses in Greek Art


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