A Cultural History of the Ancient World 3: Beyond Antiquity

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Doel vak

• Getting acquainted with the content, contexts, causes and functions of
cultural history from the age of Constantine to the present from the
perspective of the reception of antiquity;
• Being able to reproduce an overview of the most important
characteristics of post-classical cultural periods;
• Being able to broadly reproduce chronology; to distinguish between
various genres/disciplines; to contextualize aspects of post-classical
cultural history globally;
• Being able to indicate how the thematic fields selected for this
module have developed through the course of history.

Inhoud vak

In this module, we will follow two tracks simultaneously. On the one
hand, the cultural history of the West will be thematized on the basis
of standard periodization (i.e. Late Antiquity, Early and High Middle
Ages, Renaissance, Classicism and Baroque, Enlightenment and
Romanticism, 19th and 20th century), specifically from the perspective
of the reception of antiquity. On the other hand, a number of thematic
sessions will explore specific topics from a diachronic perspective. In
general, these will be discussed using a case study in which various
elements play a role: texts as well as material sources (e.g. visual
art, architecture). Special attention will be devoted to cultural
contacts and the conceptualization of various aspects (for instance
linked to politics and religion).


Two lectures and one tutorial each week.
There will be two excursions: one to Dam Palace, the other to the
Rijksmuseum (to compensate, four tutorials will be cancelled).


• A group-based video essay (50 %)
• A written exam (50 %)


• Grafton, Most, Settis [edd.], The Classical Tradition (obligatory, ca.
30 euros)
• Various selected book chapters, articles and primary sources


First year students in Ancient Studies.
Also accessible as an elective for other students.

Overige informatie

1. Students are expected to be in possession of a museum card.
2. This course is part of a joint programme by the Vrije Universiteit
Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). It is taught at an
UvA location. For the course schedule see https://rooster.uva.nl/

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_AABAOHW106
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P5
Vakniveau 100
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. M. Icks
Examinator dr. M. Icks
Docenten dr. M. Icks
D. Rijser

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