Gods and Kings: The Art History of Mesopotamia and Arabia
What you'll learn
- Students will be able to identify objects, sites, and major characteristics of Art History from ancient Mesopotamian and Arabian contexts.
- Recognize major works of art from this time period.
- Gain an appreciation of Sumerian, Sabaean, Akkadian civilizations and more!
- Learn about the first writing system used in human history.
- There is something for both beginners and specialists alike in this lecture; curiosity, an open mind, and an appreciation for art and history are the only requisites.
In most Art History surveys, the earliest advanced civilizations which appeared in the region called Mesopotamia (between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in modern-day Iraq) produced significant artwork which would set the tone for the history of art, literature, legal theory, and many aspects still-relevent in modern society. However, while these powerful kingdoms are well-studied by every student in an Art History 101 class, at the same time in Arabia, an analogous history was unfolding which is almost totally unknown. This course presents original research which illustrates how the epic kingdoms of ancient Arabia possessed clear ties to the model of divine kingship we see in Akkadian, Neo-Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian civilizations across the Persian Gulf. This course is a must for anyone who wants to learn about the art, architecture, and glories of the vanished, highly organized kingdoms of a much broader area of the Middle East than traditional art histories cover.
Who this course is for:
- Newcombers to Art History will learn about some basic Mesopotamian Art Survey objects, and academic professionals will be exposed to new research on the Caravan Kingdoms of ancient Yemen.
Dr. Lily Filson has held the title of Assistant Professor for both private as well as state universities in the United States. She received her Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Formative Sciences and her M.A. in Italian Renaissance Art History; her educational fellowships include a European Research Council Grant Fellowship at the Universita' Ca Foscari in Venice, Italy, the Katerina Duskova Memorial Fellowship from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and the Syracuse University Florence Fellowship. She has more recently won a Short-Term Grant from the Renaissance Society of America and a Research Award from the University of Oxford.
Her studies and career have brought her into contact with numerous artworks and sites that go beyond traditional art history survey courses; her lectures feature unique content and fresh perspectives on the greatest story ever told: why and how art is made and how we relate to it over time. She brings first-hand experience and a warm delivery style to her video lectures which bring ancient artworks to life.