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Ch 4: The Art of Ancient Rome

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Watch informative video lessons and learn all about the art of Ancient Rome. Short quizzes are offered at the end of each lesson to assess your understanding of the material.

The Art of Ancient Rome - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The expansive culture of Ancient Rome is evident in the myriad styles of art created during its dominant existence. Architecture, painting, sculpture and theater all provide insight into the history of the dynamic empire. The lessons will teach you more about the various artistic styles. Take the end-of-lesson quizzes for self-assessment and contact an instructor with any questions. In this chapter you will learn answers to questions such as:

  • What historical events influenced Roman art?
  • When were different artistic styles created?
  • What was the Roman forum?
  • Where were different buildings constructed?
  • How did the Romans build their massive structures?

Video Objective
Etruscan Art: Characteristics, Materials & Processes Describe the characteristics, materials and processes used to create Etruscan art.
Etruscan Architecture: Forms, Materials, Construction & Influences Explain Etruscan architecture and learn about how intercultural contact influenced it.
Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style Get the basics on all Roman art.
Understanding Roman History Through Art Learn about historical events and characters that helped develop Roman art.
Vitruvius & the Roman View of Art Study Vitruvius's description of the Roman view of art.
Greek & Etruscan Influences on Roman Art Use this lesson to differentiate between Greek and Etruscan sculpture styles and how they impacted Roman art.
Depictions of Death in Etruscan Art Describe how Etruscans portrayed death in their art.
Social Status & Artistic Expression in Ancient Rome Enumerate how social status and artistic expression were related in ancient Rome.
Important Artworks of the Roman Republic Detail significant artworks from the Roman Republic.
Roman Engineering and Architecture Learn about the interconnected relationship between architecture and engineering.
Roman Concrete Construction: Development & Uses Discuss how concrete was developed by the Romans and how it changed the world of architecture.
Comparing Roman & Greek Temples & Sculpture Differentiate between Roman and Greek temples and sculptures.
Comparing the Roman Colosseum & the Theater at Epidauros Study the similarities and differences of the Roman Colosseum and the theater at Epidauros.
The Layout and Purpose of the Roman Forum Learn about the Roman Forum.
Roman Domestic Architecture: Development, Design & Style Describe domestic architecture.
Mural Paintings in Pompeii: Subject, Style & Technique Study the mural paintings of Pompeii.
Comparing Roman & Etruscan Sarcophagi Detail the similarities and differences between Roman and Etruscan sarcophagi.

17 Lessons in Chapter 4: The Art of Ancient Rome
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.

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