Hello everyone and welcome to Week 4 of ART F261X.

Please do the following before 11:59pm, Sunday, September 25th.

1. Go through the material in the Art of the Ancient Aegean wings.

2. Respond to the discussion questions posted in the Slack channels #week4part1 and #week4part2.   Remember to comment on at least two of your classmate’s responses.

Slack channel #week4part1

  • Minoan culture, from our contemporary perspective, is often seen as carefree and peaceful. People lived in harmony with their environment. The Mycenaeans, on the other hand, seemed to constantly engage in conflict. While this is likely an oversimplified view, how do you see it either proven or disproven through their visual record?

Slack channel #week4part2

  • Two ‘gentleman archaeologists,’ Sir Arthur Evans and Heinrich Schliemann, are responsible for much of what we know about Minoan and Mycenaean culture and art. These men were not objective observers but had their own culturally specific agendas. How have their conclusions colored how we look at art of the ancient Aegean world?


Please note the date the Grant Proposal is due. I never changed the due date when I shifted the syllabus, I will honor this due date but I recommend completing it by Sunday, September 25th by 11:59pm so that you all stay on track.

The Doctor Jones Institute of Lost Treasure is asking for proposals to include a new work of art in the museum. The Institute has noticed that there is room in the following wings: Prehistoric, Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, and the Ancient Aegean. What work (that is not already discussed as part of the class) do you think deserves to be included in the museum halls? Tell us why you think it is so important. How does it fit in with the other works in the wing? How does it expand our understanding of Prehistoric, Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, or Ancient Aegean Art?

Please follow the instructions under the tab Course Documents -> Grant Proposals to submit your entries. All proposals are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 2.