The Art of the Ancient Near East (ARCA2623)


This unit of study provides an introduction to ancient Near Eastern art pertaining to the ancient civilizations of the Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan). Emphasis is placed on understanding the notion of art as applied to the archaeological and cultural context of ancient non-western cultures and in gathering basic skills necessary for artistic analysis (iconography and style) and interpretations. Material studied will include monumental and domestic architecture, ceramics, metal-work, glyptic, and literary arts.

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Further unit of study information


2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x3000wd research paper (60%), 1x1000wd course journal and literature review (30%) and 1x500wd-equivalent Tutorial presentation (10%)

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points of Archaeology or (6 Junior credit points of Archaeology and ANHS1600 or ANHS1601 or ANTH1001 or ARHT1001 or HSTY1089)

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.