• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

Fighting wars was one of the central activities of the ancient world. This course looks at the place of warfare in Greek and Roman life and culture. It will trace the development of styles of warfare, in terms of weapons, tactics and individual experience, from "Homeric" warfare to the Roman Empire, looking at developments in archaic and classical Greece, the period of Alexander and the Hellenistic world, and the Roman Republic and Empire. But it will also look at how warfare was linked with social expectations, gender and class, and will examine what we can learn from the treatment of war in literature and art. In addition, the course will also examine questions of commemorative culture and public memory. No knowledge of languages other than English will be required.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe all the major periods and forms of portraiture in Western art.
  2. Explain the various theoretical approaches to portraiture, particularly the scholarship from the late 19th century through to today.
  3. Recognise the impact and significance of how a portrait is displayed, particularly in a public setting such as a National Portrait Gallery.
  4. Apply with confidence a vocabulary to describe the formal and iconographic elements of any portrait and ‘place’ that portrait within a chronology, even if you have never seen it before.
  5. Research and access information on portraiture and organise your research into compelling and intelligent arguments.
  6. Speak with confidence about portraits in an informed and engaging manner.

Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation and paper - 1000 words (25%) (LO 2,4,5, 6)

Research essay – 3500 words (45%)(LO 2, 3, 4, 5)

End of semester visual test (20%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 1, 2, 6)

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The course consists of one 1–hour lecture, one 2–hour tutorial, and seven hours of associated study time per week.

Preliminary Reading

Harry Berger, ‘Fictions of the pose: facing the gaze in early Modern portraiture', Representations, Spring, 1994, pp. 87-120

Richard Brilliant, Portraiture, London: Reaktion Books, 1991

Shearer West, Portraiture, Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2004

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of the history of art and experience in researching and analysing art objects.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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