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New Undergraduate Course Supplement 2020


HIST 44.02 Arts of Power, from Augustus to the Sun King

This course explores the political systems and ideologies of the West through art, architecture, ceremony, patronage, and representation.  Political systems and ideologies always find their form in visual and ceremonial representation as mechanisms of the legitimization of power.   This course will follow the Western tradition, starting with the formation of the Roman Empire under Augustus Caesar and ending with the rise of Absolutism under Louis XIV and the building of the palace of Versailles.  It will explore the development of political and religious institutions through the representation of their ideologies.  The course will be structured according to the following units: Empire, Monarchy, The church and the papacy, the Italian Republics and City States, Reform, Absolutism and Divine Kingship.

Distributive and/or World Culture

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