Five images of human figures from ancient art to painting today.

Crash Course 1: The Art and Architecture of the Ancient Mediterranean – Wednesday Morning Session

CMOA Theater

$80 (Members: $64, Students: $40)

Interested in an evening session? We also offer this course from 6–8 p.m. on Thursdays!

In this rare opportunity, knowledgeable, engaging scholars hand-picked by Carnegie Museum of Art guide you through the famous, the infamous, the mysterious, and the yet-to-be-discovered. It's a 4-week crash course in a big slice of the history of art. And, you'll have access to the real thing! Participants get access to museum galleries after each session.

This is one part of a 12-week Crash Course. Enroll in the full series for a discount.

From the pyramids of Giza to the gleaming marble of the Parthenon, the art and architecture of ancient Mediterranean civilizations continue to amaze. Even today we are surrounded by references to myths of classical antiquity, and many of our modern rituals, buildings, institutions, and art forms are derived from Greco-Roman models. We'll journey throughout the cultures and empires of the ancient Near East and Egypt from the Mycenaeans and Alexander the Great to the Romans and their predecessors, the Etruscans. Discover representations of Greco-Roman myth in CMOA's collection, and learn the role of myth in art and architecture, its importance in the ancient world, and the ways in which it has helped to explain and shape the human experience throughout history.

About the Instructor

Dr. Carrie Weaver is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a classical archaeologist, specializing in the ancient Mediterranean world, with an emphasis on funerary art and architecture, burial practices, and the analysis of human bone. She has excavated in Pompeii and Sicily, and studied human remains from the United Kingdom, Rome, Sicily, and Turkey. She is the author of The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily (University Press of Florida, 2015), and the results of her research have been published in The American Journal of Archaeology, The Journal of Roman Archaeology, The Journal of Greek Archaeology, and The International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

Individuals wishing to enter the provisional CMOA volunteer docent program are required to take the full 12-week course. For details on our volunteer docent program visit Questions? Contact Hattie Lehman, Assistant Curator of Education, at