ARAS 241 - Ancient Iran
This course explores the built environments that helped to structure Achaemenid conceptualizations of kingship, cosmos, and perception, and the ways in which visual and material culture enable individuals to confront their roles within this imperial system. Beginning with a survey of the visual culture of late prehistoric Iran around 4000 BCE and concluding by exploring the resonances of Achaemenid art in contemporary culture, the course offers the opportunigy to consider the ways in which images help to structure social realities. Integrating primary texts in translation with contemporary, we will consider the ways in which notions of materiality, surface, access, and embodiement enabled and enlivened the experience of agency, both imperial and personal.
Offered alternate years. III.O, V.4
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