Ch 6: Ancient Roman Art

About This Chapter

This chapter can help you get familiar with ancient Roman art forms. Complete these lessons to find out more about the important styles of art created by this culture.

Ancient Roman Art - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

You can learn more about the art of the ancient Romans with this chapter. Go over the characteristics of Etruscan art and architecture and the influences of Greek and Etruscan art on Roman art. You will also view a history of Roman art, engineering and architecture in this chapter. Completing these lessons should allow you to:

  • Analyze depictions of death in Etruscan art
  • Discuss the relationship between social status and artistic expression in ancient Rome
  • Identify important artworks of the Roman Republic
  • Compare the Roman Colosseum to the Theater at Epidaurus
  • Explain the layout and purpose of the Roman Forum
  • Recognize features of domestic Roman architecture
  • Describe the style and techniques of the mural paintings in Pompeii
  • Contrast Roman and Etruscan sarcophagi
  • Analyze the legacies of Roman art and architecture
  • Discuss the tradition of storytelling in Greek, Etruscan and Roman culture

15 Lessons in Chapter 6: Ancient Roman Art
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Etruscan Art: Characteristics, Materials & Processes

1. Etruscan Art: Characteristics, Materials & Processes

In this lesson, you will explore the art of the Etruscans, a great Italian civilization that predated the ancient Romans. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Etruscan Architecture: Forms, Materials, Construction & Influences

2. Etruscan Architecture: Forms, Materials, Construction & Influences

In this lesson, you'll explore the architecture of the ancient Italian people known as the Etruscans. Afterward, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style

3. Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style

This lesson offers a basic outline of Roman art. We begin by examining the Greek roots of Roman art. Then, we look at the three predominant forms of Roman art: sculpture, murals and mosaics.

Greek & Etruscan Influences on Roman Art

4. Greek & Etruscan Influences on Roman Art

In this lesson, you will explore the influences that both the ancient Greeks and ancient Etruscans had on Roman art. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Depictions of Death in Etruscan Art

5. Depictions of Death in Etruscan Art

In this lesson, you will explore the ways that the Etruscans dealt with death through their artwork, which was primarily preserved in tombs. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Social Status & Artistic Expression in Ancient Rome

6. Social Status & Artistic Expression in Ancient Rome

In this lesson, you will explore the various styles of Roman art that were available to people of different social classes. You can then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Important Artworks of the Roman Republic

7. Important Artworks of the Roman Republic

In this lesson, you will explore some of the important trends in art during the Roman Republic and see some famous examples. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Roman Engineering and Architecture

8. Roman Engineering and Architecture

This lecture covers Roman advances in architecture and engineering. First, Rome's debt to Greece is explored. Next, Roman advances in material science are enumerated: cement, mortar and concrete. After that, we will look at a few distinctly Roman techniques: the arch and the dome.

Comparing the Roman Colosseum & the Theater at Epidaurus

9. Comparing the Roman Colosseum & the Theater at Epidaurus

In this lesson, you will explore two different performance centers of the ancient world, the Roman Colosseum and the Theater at Epidauros. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Layout and Purpose of the Roman Forum

10. The Layout and Purpose of the Roman Forum

In this lesson, you will explore the design and function of one of the most important areas of Rome, the Forum. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Roman Domestic Architecture: Development, Design & Style

11. Roman Domestic Architecture: Development, Design & Style

In this lesson, you will explore Roman domestic architecture and discover the buildings in which Romans actually lived. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Mural Paintings in Pompeii: Subject, Style & Technique

12. Mural Paintings in Pompeii: Subject, Style & Technique

In this lesson, you will explore the various styles of mural paintings found in the buried city of Pompeii. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Comparing Roman & Etruscan Sarcophagi

13. Comparing Roman & Etruscan Sarcophagi

In this lesson, you will explore the similarities and differences in Roman and Etruscan sarcophagi and discover how burial practices reflected ancient lives. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Legacies of Roman Art & Architecture

14. Legacies of Roman Art & Architecture

In this lesson, you'll explore the legacy of art and architecture from the powerful Roman Empire, which influences our ideas about style to this day. Afterward, you can test your understanding of the ancient world with a quiz.

Storytelling Tradition in Greek, Etruscan & Roman Culture

15. Storytelling Tradition in Greek, Etruscan & Roman Culture

In this lesson, learn how the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman cultures used storytelling throughout their history. See the similarities and differences between the civilizations and how stories preserved their cultures over thousands of years.

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