The Art of Civilization: Artist, Image, and Aesthetic in the First Cities

1150 [CRN: 26041]

This course examines various facets of the relationship between art and developing social/political complexity in the ancient world, with case studies drawn primarily from the ancient Near East and Egypt between the rise of the first cities in the late fourth millennium BCE through to the fall of the Achaemenid “world empire” in the mid-fourth century BCE.
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