Undergraduate Course: Handling Greek Pottery (CACA10041)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course offers a holistic exploration of Greek pottery (produced during the seventh and the fourth centuries BCE) using case-studies from Corinth, Athens, Magna Graecia and Asia Minor. How can pottery be handled as a source for interpretation of the past? How do we integrate shape and type identification, archaeometric techniques and contextual information into narrative histories of the Greek past? The course aims to develop both theoretical and hands-on skills of pottery analysis.
The archaeological interpretation of ancient ceramics no longer relies only on their contextual, typological or artistic classification. More detailed information on the manufacturing process, the origin and composition of raw materials, craftsmanship and technological skills or the standardization of ancient ceramics can be obtained today with the aid of a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. This course will familiarise students with the corpus of Greek pottery from different regions (e.g. Corinth, Athens, Magna Graecia and Asia Minor) produced between the 7th to 4th centuries BCE as case-studies to develop a fuller understanding of the potential of pottery to inform us about the ancient world. Students will gain an insight into "handling" Greek pottery from current theoretical, methodological, and hands-on perspectives, including via practical classes and relevant field-trips.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics, History or Archaeology (at least 1 of which should be in Classical Art and 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.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- research skills in classical archaeology;
- read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant ancient pottery evidence and modern academic discourse;
- demonstrate a greater understanding of Greek pottery from current theoretical and methodological approaches;
- develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence around material culture, especially pottery;
- demonstrate independence of mind and an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Cook, R. (2002). Greek painted pottery (3rd ed.), London|
Cook, R., P. Dupont (2003). East Greek pottery, London
Hunt, A.M.W. (ed.) (2017). The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis. Oxford handbooks, Oxford
Oakley, J.H. (ed.) (2014). Athenian Potters and Painters Vol. 3, Oxford
Rice, P. (2015). Pottery Analysis: a Sourcebook (2nd ed.)
Rathje, A., M. Nielsen and B. B. Rasmussen (eds.) (2002). Pots for the Living, Pots for the Dead, Copenhagen
Rouet, P. (2001). Approaches to the study of Attic vases: Beazley and Pottier, Oxford
Tite, M.S. (1999). Pottery Production, Distribution, and Consumption: The Contribution of the Physical Sciences, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, Vol. 6, No. 3, 181-233
Tsingarida, A. and D. Viviers (2013). Pottery Markets in the Ancient Greek World (8th - 1st centuries B.C.). Proceedings of the International Symposium held at the Université libre de Bruxelles 19-21 June 2008, Bruxelles
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Anja Slawisch
Tel: (0131 6)50 6693
|Course secretary||Mrs Ksenia Gorlatova
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349