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Throughout history, humans have represented certain shared themes visually and through the written word. The purpose of the final project in this course is to explore the representation of such shared themes across time and culture. You will consider the persistence of such themes through the ages. To do this, you will employ a comparative approach.A primary method in the study of the humanities, a comparative approach allows us to reflect on a singular element and observe both the similarities and the differences. In employing a comparative approach, we begin to ask the questions necessary to come to an understanding of the objects being compared and the conditions/circumstances of their creation. We learn that each object is a product of its environment and its social, historical, and cultural climate.


FAS 201 Comparison Suggestion List

 

Ancient Near East

 

1. Theme: Legitimization of Authority

 

Stele with Law Code of Hammurabi

 

Code of Hammurabi (written text)

 

o http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/mesopotamian/hammurabi.html

 

o http://avalon.law.yale.edu/ancient/hamframe.asp

 

o http://musee.louvre.fr/oal/code/indexEN.html

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at U.S. and other judicial systems

 

2. Theme: Quest for Immortality

 

Statuettes of worshippers, from the Square Temple at Eshnunna

 

Epic of Gilgamesh

 

o http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/eog/

 

o http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/edys/hd_edys.htm

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at modern medicine/religion

 


 

Ancient Egypt

 

1. Theme: Quest for Immortality/Creation of Legacy

 

Great Pyramids at Giza

 

The autobiography of Amenemhab

 

o http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/texts/amenemhab.htm

 

o http://giza3d.3ds.com/#discover

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at charity work, career choices, or raising children

 

2. Theme: Akhenaten?s Worship of/Devotion to Aten

 

Statue of Akhenaten or Akhenaten with Nefertiti and Their Children

 

The Great Hymn to the Aten

 

o http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums-static/digitalegypt/amarna/belief.html

 

o http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/akhenaten_01.shtml

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at modern religion

 


 

Ancient Greece

 

1. Theme: Representation of the Trojan War

 

Andokides Painter?s Archaic amphora, Ajax and Achilles Playing a Dice a Game (or other

 

Greek vase)

 

Homer, Iliad

 

o http://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/The_Myths/Trojan_War/trojan_war.html

 

o http://classics.mit.edu/Homer/iliad.html

 

o http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/vase/hd_vase.htm

 


 

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http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/two-handled-jar-amphora-with-achillesand-ajax-153408

 

o http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/representing-troy-in-ancient-greece-and-medievaleurope/

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at modern film/cinema

 


 

2. Theme: Math/Ratio/Proportion

 

Polykleitos, Doryphoros (Spear Bearer), Roman marble copy of Greek bronze, ca. 450 BCE

 

Homer, Iliad (sample of opening lines of Book I with optional link to full text, translated into

 

English hexameters by Edwin Simcox)

 

o http://article.sapub.org/10.5923.j.arts.20110101.01.html (especially Section 5)

 

o http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Arts/Doryphoros.htm

 

o https://www.oneonta.edu/faculty/farberas/arth/ARTH209/Doyphoros.html

 

o https://ba278b9d8106536501a257da1f3fe93ccf3a9828e6ce67c3d52c.ssl.cf5.rackcdn.com/06_mccague.pdf

 

o http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/homer/simcoxiliad.htm

 

o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAm525BJYh4

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at modern engineering/architectural design

 


 

Ancient Rome

 

Theme: Establishing Divine Lineage With Regard to Identity

 

Portrait of Augustus as General (Augustus as Primaporta)

 

Virgil, Aeneid

 

o http://classics.mit.edu/Virgil/aeneid.html

 

o https://wuhstry.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/the-aeneid-as-a-commentary-onaugustus/

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at genealogy, family portraiture, or modern

 

royalty

 


 

Byzantine

 

Theme: The Representation of Byzantine Empirical Power/Authority

 

Mosaic of Justinian and his attendants, San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy, ca. 547

 

Chronicle of John Malalas

 

o http://en.calameo.com/books/000675905f2f4bf509d49 (pages 245?248)

 

o https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/medieval-world/byzantine1/veniceravenna/a/justinian-mosaic-san-vitale

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at presidential/world leader portraiture

 


 

Islamic

 

Theme: Beauty

 

Mihrab (prayer niche), ca. 1350, Iran, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

 

Any surah of the Qur'an

 

o http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/39.20

 

o http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/orna/hd_orna.htm

 

o http://patterninislamicart.com/background-notes/the-evolution-of-style

 

o http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/vege/hd_vege.htm

 

o http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/c/calligraphy-in-islamic-art/

 

o http://www.wright-house.com/religions/islam/Quran.html

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at formal invitations (wedding, gala, etc.)

 


 

Early Medieval

 

Theme: Text/Book Cover as Relic/Reliquary

 

Book cover of the Lindau Gospels, from Saint Gall, Switzerland, ca. 870

 

Any segment of one of the four gospels

 

o http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/luke-asv.html

 

o http://www.themorgan.org/collection/lindau-gospels/front-cover

 

o https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/medieval-world/latin-westerneurope/carolingian1/v/lindau-gospels-cover

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at bibliophilia, rare book industry/collecting

 


 

Italian Renaissance

 

1. Theme: Humanism/Beauty

 

Botticelli, Birth of Venus, ca. 1484?1486

 

Poliziano?s poem ?Stanze per la Giostra?

 

o https://www.oneonta.edu/faculty/farberas/arth/arth213/botticelli_poliziano_birth

 

_venus.htm

 

o http://www.uffizi.org/artworks/the-birth-of-venus-by-sandro-botticelli/

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at modern beauty standards (various

 

mediums/genres)

 

2. Theme: Sprezzatura

 

Raphael, Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione, ca. 1515

 

Baldassare Castiglione, Book of the Courtier (I.26), published 1528

 

o https://archive.org/stream/cu31924029052962#page/n33/mode/2up (pages 34?

 

37)

 

o http://grammar.about.com/od/rs/g/sprezzatura.htm

 

o http://courses.washington.edu/hsteu401/Courtier%20sprezzatura.htm

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at professional performance art (dance, music,

 

etc.).

 


 

3. Theme: Anatomy

 

Leonardo da Vinci, any of his anatomical sketches/studies of the human body

 

Leonardo da Vinci, notes on anatomy (from his published notebooks)

 

o http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/drawing/disegno.htm

 

o http://www.sacred-texts.com/aor/dv/dvs016.htm (introduction through Section

 

815)

 

o http://www.leonardoda-vinci.org/

 

o https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions/leonardo-da-vinci-anatomist

 

For contemporary connection, try looking at modern medicine, formal artistic training

 


 

 

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