Academy of Lifelong Learning

THE ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST & EGYPT AS SEEN THROUGH THEIR ART

THE ANCIENT MIDDLE EAST & EGYPT AS SEEN THROUGH THEIR ART

Fine & Performing Arts

Beverly Hall Smith

Wednesdays, October 25 – November 29 (five weeks)

* No classes the week of Thanksgiving. 

4:15 – 5:30 pm

Lecture/Discussion

 

A civilization’s architecture, sculpture and painting provide a visual history of their government, religion, culture and society at large. Through these images we can learn how they perceived their world and how they lived in it. Mesopotamia and Egypt were contemporary societies, and in exploring their political and religious power structures we can understand the role of their Kings, Pharaohs, Queens, Gods, and the life of the common people. Since the ancient Middle East – then called Mesopotamia – is now largely known as Iraq and Iran, two countries much in the forefront of the news, we can begin to see the origins of their current societies. We will also explore the Torah/Old Testament, as Mesopotamia was the birthplace of Judaism. 

 

BEVERLY HALL SMITH continues her forty-year career as an art history professor through WC-ALL and Chesapeake College’s IAL. She has taught the art and culture of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Judaism many times, both as a survey and in specific seminars dedicated to each of these areas individually. A student recently reminded her that even though many of us know about the pyramids and King Tut, we do not generally know that much about the history of Mesopotamia. It is her belief that art is truly a picture book of history, and in many cases it is the most significant reference we have to understand the past.