Comparing Ancient and Classical Art Assignment Options

Select and complete one of the following assignment options:

Option A

For this assignment choose two works of architecture to compare, or two other types of art for comparison.

Select two different civilizations from the following list, and then select a representative work of art or architecture for each:

  • Ancient Mesopotamian cultures including:
    • Sumeria
    • Babylon
    • Assyria
    • Ancient Egyptian civilization
    • River Valley societies in India and China
    • Classical Greece
    • Classical Rome

Write a 350- to 700-word essay comparing the two selected works, which includes the following:

  • The time period in which each work was created
  • The geographic region in which each work was created
  • The name of the artist or architect, if known
  • The purpose for which they were intended to serve
  • A visual description of each work applying the principles and elements of design
  • A description of the similarities and differences of these two works
  • How the cultural values of the civilizations that created them are apparent in the works
  • How the works function in our culture in the present day

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines. This means that a title page, introduction, and conclusion are present. Legitimate scholarly references (not Wikipedia, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, or About.com) should be used and cited, including a reference page. 3-5 sources are required.

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