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CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY


Teaching Staff: Kapetanios Andreas
Course Code: ΑΚΛ101
Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: In the classroom
Semester: 6
ECTS: 5

Short Description:

The course examines the main periods of the ancient Greek art through a historical perspective. Following topics are being discussed:  changes in the Dark Ages and the Early Iron Age and main developments in the Geometric Period. The art of the archaic period (sculpture, vase painting, archaic temples and architectonic sculpture). Art of the classical period (severe style, art of the mature classical period, Perikles’ program in the Acropolis of Athens, art of the 4th c. B.C.). Changes during the Hellenistic period. 


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

The course aims to familiarize students with the main characteristics of the ancient Greek art and architecture in relation to the corresponding historical periods of classical antiquity. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to recognize and use  main material remains of the classical civilization as testimonies for the political, social and religious life of the ancient world.


Syllabus:

Week #1: Introduction in Classical Archaeology. History of the discipline.

Week #2: The Mycenaean tradition. The changes in the Dark Ages. Submycenaean period (1125-1050 B.C.). Protogeomentric Period (1050-900 B.C.)

Week #3: Geometric Period. Pottery. Figurines. Sanctuaries and domestic architecture.  

Week #4: The sculpture of the Archaic period in the 7th and 6th c. B.C. (Dedalic style, kouroi, kores).

Week #5: Temples of the archaic period.

Week #6: Ancient cities. Planning and architecture.

Week #7: Ancient Greek sanctuaries. Organization and cult.

Week #8: Sculpture and architecture of the Classical period. A. The early Classical period (480-450 B.C.).

Week #9: Sculpture and Architecture of the Classical period. B. The Acropolis of Athens and the mature classical art (450-400/390 B.C.) 

Week #10: Vase painting of the 6th and 5th centuries B.C.

Week #11: The art of the 4th c. B.C. Architecture. Sculpture. Monumental painting.

Week #12: The art of the Hellenistic period.

Week #13: Presentation of essays

 


Suggested Bibliography:

Δ. ΠΛΑΝΤΖΟΣ, Ελληνική Τέχνη και Αρχαιολογία, 2011. ΚΟΚΚΟΡΟΥ - ΑΛΕΥΡΑ ΓΕΩΡΓΙΑ, Η τέχνη της αρχαίας Ελλάδας. Σύντομη ιστορία 1050-50 π.Χ., 1995. Μ. ΒΟΥΤΥΡΑΣ, Α. ΓΟΥΛΑΚΗ – ΒΟΥΤΥΡΑ, Η αρχαία ελληνική τέχνη και η ακτινοβολία της, 1200-479 π.Χ., 2000. TONIO HOLSCHER, Κλασική αρχαιολογία: βασικές γνώσεις, 2005. Ε. Σημαντώνη-Μπουρνιά, Αρχαιολογία των πρώιμων ελληνικών χρόνων. Οι αιώνες της διαμόρφωσης 1050-600 π.Χ. 1997. J. Boardman, Ελληνική Πλαστική. Αρχαϊκή Περίοδος, 1982. J. Boardman, Ελληνική Πλαστική. Κλασική Περίοδος, 1993 G. Gruben, Ιερά και ναοί της αρχαίας Ελλάδας, 2000. Μ. Τιβέριου, Ελληνική Τέχνη, Αρχαία Αγγεία, 1996. Π. Βαλαβάνης, Ιερά και Αγώνες στην Αρχαία Ελλάδα, 2004. J.J. Poliitt, H τέχνη στην ελληνιστική εποχή, 1999.


Teaching Methods:

The course is based on lectures by the supervisor with appropriate use of educational material, interaction and close collaboration with the students. Presentation by the students of a written essay on a monument/archaeological site/work of art of their choice, which enables students to follow their interests and use the bibliography of the course.  The use of the e-class platform introduces to the students additional educational material (documentaries, electronic publications, lectures accessible on the internet). Organization of a visit to an archaeological site or museum in the duration of the course.


Evaluation Methods:

Final written examination and essay writing during the semester.


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