Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology
Mycenae, the Parthenon, Olympia, Venus de Milo: a few examples of how Ancient Greece laid the foundations of Western civilisation. Today, this cultural phenomenon continues to generate knowledge, inspiration and fascination for specialists and non specialists alike. Join us for a visually rich course, in which we will explore the art and archaeology of Ancient Greece through a variety of lectures and resources, as well as a museum visit.
We will focus on major categories of Ancient Greek art and archaeology, such as pottery, architecture and sculpture, and will follow these down the ages. In the process, we will unravel the ways in which they can give us a wealth of information about how people lived and thought in past societies.
Term starts: 4th October
Week 1: Introduction to archaeology, art and Ancient Greece
Week 2: Architecture: Minoan to Geometric
Week 3: Architecture: Archaic to Hellenistic
Week 4: Pottery: Minoan to Geometric
Week 5: Pottery: Archaic to Hellenistic
Week 6: Sculpture: Minoan to Geometric
Week 7: Sculpture: Archaic to Hellenistic
Week 8: Museum visit
Week 9: Chronological Composition: history, society, aesthetics
Week 10: Art, Archaeology and Society then and now
Betancourt, P.P., Introduction to Aegean Art (INSTAP Academic Press, 2007).
Neils J., Ancient Greece, The British Museum Concise Introduction (The British Museum Press 2008).
Pomeroy S.B, Ancient Greece: A Political, Social and Cultural History (OUP USA, 2007)
If you are planning to purchase books, remember that courses with too few students enrolled will be cancelled. The Department accepts no responsibility for books bought in anticipation of a course.
If you have enrolled on a course starting in the autumn, you can become a borrowing member of the Rewley House library from 1st September. If you are enrolled on a course starting in other terms, you can become a borrowing member once the previous term has ended.
Latsis Public Benefit Fiundation e-library http://www.latsis-foundation.org/en/elibrary/1/O_kyklos_ton_mouseion.html
Perseus - http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/
Metis Project - http://www.stoa.org/metis/
All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.
There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information.
Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.
Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.
If you do not register for CATS points when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.
Course Fee: £199.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00
Dr. Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw is an Aegean Bronze Age archaeologist. She lectures in Archaeology at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, among other institutions. She is also affiliated with Durham University and Humboldt University in Berlin.
This course aims to introduce students to the art and archaeology of Ancient Greece (from the Bronze Age to Hellenistic times) through a diachronic exploration of major categories, such as architecture, sculpture and pottery.
1. teach and analyse the most important speciments of Ancient Greek art and archaeology;
2. explore the aesthetic, social, political and other origins and influences of Ancient Greek art and archaeology;
3. enable students to critically approach a past system of aesthetics, creativity and ideological expression by exploring concrete examples of Ancient Greek material culture.
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used, taking into consideration students' different learning styles and possible special needs. We will use tutor presentations and explanations, substantial visual material and handouts, some documentary footage and extensive discussion.
Group presentations will offer opportunities when main topics will be analysed by different teams. We will also use props. Students will study between sessions and will progress through a workbook according to their evolving understanding and skills.
There will be the opportuntity of on-site learning during a museum visit in session 8.
By the end of the course students will be expected to:
1. recall and analyse the most important speciments of Ancient Greek art and archaeology;
2. discuss and evaluate the aesthetic, social, political and other origins and influences of Ancient Greek art and archaeology;
3. critically approach a past system of aesthetics, creativity and ideological expression by exploring concrete examples of Ancient Greek material culture.
For this course, all students will be given a workbook at the second session (Option A). This will contain 5 questions and guiding material, the answers for which will become apparent as we progress through the course. Students will be expected to draw on both what is covered in class and on their private study, reflection and museum visit(s). They will be expected to demonstrate their progression and development by completing the workbook and handing it in by the last session. The entire length of the answers should be approximately 1500 words, i.e. about 300 words for each answer.
In the case of students who are unable to complete the workbook (e.g. who feel that their learning styles are not compatible), the tutor will be flexible in accommodating other ways of equivalent written assessment (Option B). Additional coursework, if a student wishes to produce it, will be very welcome.
Student progress will also be evaluated on the basis of analysis, collaboration, organisation and knowledge, as demonstrated during class activities.
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.
Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.
Level and demands
Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for applicants and students on this course
Sources of funding
Information on financial support