This course is an introductory level study of Greek and Roman Art, explored through the concept of the hero. The course surveys the representations of mythological heroes a well as historical individuals who comply with the notion of hero in Greek and Roman cultures (warriors, athletes, political leaders, etc.). Examining their religious, civic and political contexts allows students to learn how visual culture deals more broadly with larger issues within the respective ancient societies. Readings are drawn from an array of primary and secondary sources both art historical and literary, and the visual exploration of certain mythological narratives teaches how stories are conveyed in the art of Greece and Rome. Basic issues of style and art historical development of the period are also addressed, as are various theories regarding the notion of the hero. This course provides ample opportunity to reflect upon ancient heroes' contemporary relevance, through various assignments and group projects.