20 Chapter 3 Overview

What You’ll Learn To Do: Understand Near Eastern art and its ramifications on Western art.

In Chapter 3 we will examine Ancient Near Eastern art. We will look at how this art contributed to the larger development of Western art. It is imperative to understand Ancient Near Eastern art in order to see how it impacted later artistic developments.

Learning Activities

The learning activities for this module include:

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  • Review: Key Learning Items

Ancient Near East

  • Read: Ancient Near East


  • Read: Sumerian Art
  • Read: The Invention of Writing
  • Watch: The Standard of Ur (8:48)
  • Read: Ziggurat of Ur

Akkad and Ur

  • Read: Art of Akkad and Ur
  • Watch: Victory Stele of Naram-Sin (3:24)
  • Read: Theories on the Meaning of the Victory Stele of Naram-Sin


  • Watch: Law Code of Hammurabi (3:16)


  • Watch: Assyrian Art (5:53)
  • Watch: Lamassu (5:09)


  • Watch: Neo-Babylonian Art (6:49)

The Persian Empire

  • Read: Art of the Persian Empire

Extra Review

  • Review: External Resources


  • Submit: Module 3 Quiz (5 points)
  • Discuss: Introduction Activity (15 points)


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