Ancient Art Lecture Series: “The Roman Contribution to Art” A special 60 minute lecture by Dr. David Miano, followed by discussion ~ Monday, April 11, 2016. 10:00am – 11:30am

Monday, April 11, 2016. 10:00am – 11:30am.

romansMany historians and art critics tend to see Roman art as, at best, a poor copy of Greek art. It is possible that the Romans themselves shared this perspective. Roman authors often rave about Greek sculptors, like Phidias and Praxiteles, but they make no mention of Roman sculptors. The elements of Greek sculpture – realism, idealism, harmony of form – held a great appeal to the Romans. Where the Greeks treated art almost as a form of religious expression, the Romans seem to have treated it more like a commodity.

This lecture and discussion, however, is not about the uniqueness of Roman art, so much as the importance of the Romans for the continuation and propagation of the Greek art style and its eventual incorporation into the later artistic traditions of Europe. Chances are, the building you’re sitting in, or some museum or civic building your student has ever been to borrows elements of Roman architecture. The great demand for art in Rome, especially among the Roman elite, means that the sheer volume of Roman art dwarfs that of any previous civilization. There is much to look at.

Ancient Roman art history is particularly fertile material for arguing the continued relevance of ancient art to students, offering an opportunity to answer the perennial question: “Why should I care about this?”

This is the third in a series of lectures on ancient art – $25 to attend
Coming soon: Ancient Chinese Art.

David Miano earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Shadow on the Steps: Time Measurement in Ancient Israel as well as several anthologies designed for classroom use, including Pen, Stylus, and Chisel: An Ancient Egypt Sourcebook, and Ideas in the Making: A Sourcebook for World Intellectual History to 1300. Dr. Miano has taught at the University of San Diego, the University of California, San Diego, and at San Diego Mesa College. In 2009 he received the Revelle College Outstanding Faculty Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching. Dr. Miano is the founder and executive director of Schola Antiquorum, a national, non-profit academic society dedicated to the study of ancient history, and has recently joined the faculty of the Academy of Classical Arts and Humanities in Sarasota, Florida.