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Postgraduate Course: Piecing Together the Cultural Fragments of Ionia (Archaic Period) (PGHC11552)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryBased on the examination of archaeological evidence this course will familiarise students with the cultural achievements of the Ionian cities during the archaic period, including but not limited to, the emergence of city coinage, the erection of monumental temples, innovation in arts and crafts, as well as particular local social and religious customs.
Course description This course will focus on the art and archaeology of Ionia during the archaic era, the period between the late 8th century until the defeat of the Greek fleet at the island of Lade and the destruction of Miletus by the Persian army in 494 BCE. With settlements distributed along the west coast of Asia Minor (mod. Turkey) from Phokaia in the north to Miletus in the south and the islands of Chios and Samos (mod. Greece), this area was a thriving and expanding economic powerhouse during the archaic period with a considerable archaeological and historical imprint. Ionia and in particular the city of Miletus is considered the birthplace of natural philosophy, with its intellectuals and craftsmen recognised beyond the borders of their homeland. The Greek cities maintained far-reaching contacts that encompassed the entire Mediterranean World while, at the same time, paying tribute to the Lydian and later Persian empire. Based on the examination of archaeological evidence this course will familiarise students with the cultural achievements of the Ionian cities, including but not limited to, the emergence of city coinage, the erection of monumental temples, innovation in arts and crafts, as well as particular local social and religious customs.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  2
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
4,500 word essay (80%)

Non-Written Skills:
Presentation and participation in class discussions about assigned readings (20%)
Feedback Students are expected to discuss their coursework with the Course Organiser at least once prior to submission, and are encouraged to do so more often. Meetings can take place with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment. Students will also receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge related to archaic Ionia (case-studies include a diverse range of archaeological objects from the late 8th to the end of the 6th century BCE).
  2. Analyse and critically reflect upon relevant scholarship and primary source material, and conceptual discussions of archaic Ionia through material culture.
  3. Understand and apply specialised research on different types of source materials (contexts, monuments, artefacts).
  4. Develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course.
  5. Demonstrate originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy.
Reading List
Rubinstein, L. (2004). Ionia. in: Hansen, M. H. and Nielsen, Th. H. (eds.), An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis: an Investigation conducted by the Copenhagen Polis Centre for the Danish National Research Foundation, Oxford, 1053-1107.

Cook, R.M. and P. Dupont. 1998. East Greek Pottery. London: Routledge.

Frederiksen, R. (2011). Greek City Walls of the Archaic Period, 900-480 BC. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press.

Gorman, V. B. 1. (2001). Miletos, the ornament of Ionia: A history of the city to 400 B.C.E. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press.

Greaves, A. M. (2010). The land of Ionia: Society and economy in the Archaic period. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell.

Crielaard, J. P. (2009). The Ionians in the Archaic period. Shifting identities in a changing world, in: Derks, T. and Roymans, N. (eds.) Ethnic Constructs in Antiquity, Amsterdam, 37-84.

Van Alfen, P. G., Fischer-Bossert, W., & Wartenberg, U. (2020). White gold: Studies in early Electrum coinage. Jerusalem : New York: The Israel Museum: The American Numismatic Society.

Cobet, J. et al. (2007). Frühes Ionien: Eine Bestandsaufnahme: Panionion-Symposion Güzelçamli, 26. September - 1. Oktober 1999. Mainz: P. von Zabern.

Moustaka, E. Skarlatidou, M.-C. Tzannes, and Y. Ersoy (eds.), Klazomenai, Teos and Abdera: Metropoleis and Colony: Proceedings of the International Symposium Held at the Archaeological Museum of Abdera: Abdera, 20-21 October 2001. Thessaloniki: Univ. Studio Press.

Bresson, A. (2016). The making of the ancient Greek economy: Institutions, markets, and growth in the city-states. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Killen, S. (2017). Parasema: Offizielle Symbole griechischer Poleis und Bundesstaaten. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will enable students to:

Gain in-depth knowledge of key contexts and objects related to the Art and Archaeology of Archaic Ionia

Critically evaluate and reflect on theories and methods used by modern scholarship

Develop skills in analysing and interpreting archaeological objects and contexts from Archaic Ionia and use primary and secondary literature effectively

Participate in seminar presentations, group discussion, and guided reading

Execute self-directed research into the Art and Archaeology of Archaic Ionia
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Course organiserDr Anja Slawisch
Tel: (0131 6)50 6693
Course secretaryMiss Danielle Jeffery
Tel: (0131 6)50 7128
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