Ch 6: Ancient Roman Art

About This Chapter

This chapter will 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 this kind of artwork, and see the role it played in ancient Rome. Each of our lessons is accompanied by a self-assessment quiz for you to test what you know. Working on these lessons will help you study:

  • Etruscan art and architecture
  • Other cultures that influenced Roman art
  • The relation of Roman art to history
  • Artistic expression and the way Romans viewed art
  • Roman art, engineering, construction, architecture and storytelling
  • The Colosseum, the Theater at Epidaurus, the Roman Forum and murals in Pompeii
  • Comparisons of Roman and Greek temples, and Roman and Etruscan sarcophagi
  • The enduring legacy of Roman art

Video Objective
Etruscan Art: Characteristics, Materials & Processes Analyze the characteristics associated with Etruscan art.
Etruscan Architecture: Forms, Materials, Construction & Influences Break down the creation of Etruscan architecture.
Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style Evaluate the styles and history of Roman art.
Understanding Roman History Through Art Assess methods for studying Roman history by examining Roman art.
Vitruvius & the Roman View of Art Consider an explanation of the Roman view of art.
Greek & Etruscan Influences on Roman Art Develop your understanding of the cultures that influenced Roman art.
Depictions of Death in Etruscan Art Focus on the Etruscans' view of death as represented in their art.
Social Status & Artistic Expression in Ancient Rome Analyze the relationship between social status and art in ancient Rome.
Important Artworks of the Roman Republic Prepare to get familiar with important artwork from Rome.
Roman Engineering and Architecture Consider Roman feats of engineering and architecture.
Roman Concrete Construction: Development & Uses Assess the development of Roman concrete construction.
Comparing Roman & Greek Temples & Sculpture Distinguish between Roman and Greek temples.
Comparing the Roman Colosseum & the Theater at Epidaurus Compare the Colosseum and the Theater at Epidaurus.
The Layout and Purpose of the Roman Forum Evaluate the purposes of the Roman Forum.
Roman Domestic Architecture: Development, Design & Style Analyze how Roman domestic architecture was developed.
Mural Paintings in Pompeii: Subject, Style & Technique Develop your understanding of the styles and techniques found in Pompeii's murals.
Comparing Roman & Etruscan Sarcophagi Consider the differences between Roman and Etruscan sarcophagi.
Legacies of Roman Art & Architecture Assess the lasting impact of Roman art.
Storytelling Tradition in Greek, Etruscan & Roman Culture Appraise the cultural storytelling traditions of Greek, Etruscan and Roman cultures.

19 Lessons in Chapter 6: Ancient Roman Art
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Understanding Roman History Through Art

4. Understanding Roman History Through Art

In this lesson, you will explore both Roman history and Roman art and discover how they interact to give us a complete picture of ancient Rome. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Vitruvius & the Roman View of Art

5. Vitruvius & the Roman View of Art

In this lesson, you will explore the work of the Roman architect Vitruvius and discover how his works both reflected and impacted Roman views about art.

Greek & Etruscan Influences on Roman Art

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Roman Concrete Construction: Development & Uses

11. Roman Concrete Construction: Development & Uses

In this lesson, you will explore the development and use of the most important building material in ancient Rome: concrete. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Comparing Roman & Greek Temples & Sculpture

12. Comparing Roman & Greek Temples & Sculpture

In this lesson, you will compare the artistic programs of two great European civilizations: ancient Greece and ancient Rome. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Comparing the Roman Colosseum & the Theater at Epidaurus

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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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