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Assignment Name: Unit 2 Discussion Board
Deliverable Length: 150-500 words (not including references) 2 Peer Responses

The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.

A. Questions for weekly discussions and conversations (not part of the required Discussion Board assignment)

These questions can serve as the starting point for your discussions during the week. They are “thought starters,” so that you can explore some ideas associated with the discussion board and unit topics. Answers are not required, and should not be submitted with your required assignment. Answers are not graded.

1. What images do we use today that originated from creations by early civilizations for religious ceremonies?

2. What historical art images do we use today, from creations by early civilizations, for cultural celebrations?

B. Required Discussion Board assignment.

From the list below, choose one Greek work of art and one Roman work of art and compare and contrastthem according to the criteria listed:

Greek Art


Roman Art


The Doryphoros(Polykleitos, 450 BCE)


Augustus of Primaporta (c. 20 BCE)


The Laocoon Group (1 stCentury, CE)


Marcus Agrippa with Imperial Family(South frieze from the Ara Pacis, 13-9 CE)


Nike of Samothrace (c. 190 BCE)


She-Wolf (c. 500 BCE)


The Temple of Athena (427–424 BCE)


The Colosseum (72–80 CE)


The Parthenon (447–438 BCE)


The Arch of Constantine (313 CE)


Answer the following list of questions in a comparative essay to evaluate your choices. Be sure to introduce the works you have chosen.

What is the FORM of the work?

  • Is it a two-dimensional or three-dimensional work of art?
  • What materials are used?
  • What techniques or processes are used to create the artwork?
  • What colors are used?
  • Describe the use of line, shape, texture, value, color, and balance.

Does the work of art have SUBJECT MATTER?

  • If so, what is literally depicted?

What is the CONTENT?

  • What does it mean or represent?
  • What is the artist’s message?
  • Is symbolism used? If so, what is the meaning?
  • What is the context of the artwork?
  • What is the function of the artwork?
  • What is the religious, philosophical and/or historical significance?
  • What traditional role of the artist is exemplified?

See the unit Resources List for Web sites that can help you write an effective compare/contrast essay.

Peer Responses can elaborate on the following topics:

  • Look at the images that your peer has selected. Discuss the meaning of the work: Do you think he or she interpreted the artist’s message well? What do you think the artist trying to say?
  • Look at other works of art by the same artist. Which artwork do you like best and why?
  • Describe the use of line, shape, texture, value, color, and balance.
  • What does it mean or represent?

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.  Please refer to the following multimedia course material(s): 

  • Unit 1: Ancient Greece
  • Unit 1: Greece and Democracy
  • Unit 1: The Roman Legacy
  • Unit 1: Roman Republic
  • Unit 1: Greek and Roman Cultures
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