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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
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the AP Art History: Exam Prep course
- Introduction to Art
- Prehistoric Art
- The Art of Ancient Egypt
- The Art of the Ancient Near East
- The Art of Ancient Greece
- Early Christian Art
- Byzantine Art
- Medieval Art
- Romanesque Art
- Gothic Art
- Fifteenth-Century Italian Art
- Fifteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain
- Sixteenth-Century Italian Art
- Sixteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain
- Baroque Art
- Rococo Art
- Neoclassical Art
- Romanticism in Art
- Impressionist Art
- Post-Impressionist Art
- Art of the Early Twentieth Century
- Postwar to Postmodern Art
- Contemporary Art
- Asian Art
- Art of the Pacific
- Art of Indigenous Americas
- African Art
- AP Art History Flashcards