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Undergraduate Course: Greek Pottery in the Field and in the Museum (CACA10028)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryPottery is the most common class of finds in archaeological sites across the Greek world, and Greek vases are iconic images of ancient Greek culture, showcased in museums and private collections around the globe. This course provides an interpretative survey of Greek pottery of the 1st millennium BC.
Course description This course focuses on past and present methods of analysis and research agendas on this material, but also includes reflections on ceramics from other geographical regions and chronological periods. A typical class schedule will cover the following topics:

1. The production of Greek pottery
2. Trade and consumption of Greek pottery
3. The iconography of Greek vases
4. The interpretation of vase-paintings
5. Connoisseurship and attribution studies
6. Iconology and the anthropological turn in ceramic research
7. Data collection strategies in fieldwork
8. Chronology and classification
9. Technology, chaîne opératoire and the ceramic life cycle
10. Analytical techniques in ceramic research
11. Reception, collection and display of Greek vases

Students taking this course will gain a broad overview of Greek pottery and hands-on experience with the material. They will become aware of, and be able to engage in, critically informed discussion of a wide range of methodologies in the study of Greek pottery and archaeological ceramics in general.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Classical Art 2A: The Development of Greek and Roman Art (CACA08009) OR Classical Archaeology 2b: Materials and Methods (CACA08010)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should have passed Classical Art 2A or Classical Archaeology 2B (or at course organiser's discretion).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Classical Art or Archaeology) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of Greek pottery, with emphasis on a wide range of approaches to this material and archaeological ceramics in general;
  2. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, an understanding of how ceramic data, methods of ceramics research and interpretations are interwoven in archaeological interpretations;
  3. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, an awareness of, and an ability to engage in critically informed discussion about the methodologies and interpretations of Greek pottery;
  4. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, the ability to gather material independently on a given topic and organise it into a coherent data set.
Reading List
Beazley, John D. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963.

Beazley, John D. The Development of Attic Black-Figure. Rev. ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.

Clark, Andrew J. "The Earliest Known Chorus by the Amasis Painter." Metropolitan Museum Journal, Vol. 15 (1980).

Cook, R. M. Greek Painted Pottery. 3d ed. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Kotsonas, Antonis (ed.). Understanding Standardization and Variation in Mediterranean Ceramics: Mid 2nd to late 1st Millennium BC. Leuven: Peeters, 2014

Moore, Mary B. "Horse Care as Depicted on Greek Vases Before 400 B.C." Metropolitan Museum Journal, Vol. 39 (2004).

Moore, Mary B. "The Princeton Painter in New York." Metropolitan Museum Journal, Vol. 42 (2007).

Noble, Joseph Veach. The Techniques of Painted Attic Pottery. Rev. ed. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1988.

Norris, Michael. Greek Art from Prehistoric to Classical: A Resource for Educators. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000.

Robertson, Martin. The Art of Vase-Painting in Classical Athens. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Von Bothmer, Dietrich. "Andokides the Potter and the Andokides Painter." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 24, no. 6 (February, 1966).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3582/3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
KeywordsGreek Pottery
Course organiserDr Antonios Kotsonas
Tel: (0131 6)51 5221
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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