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Undergraduate Course: Hellenistic Art (CACA10014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn exploration of Greek art and architecture from c. 323-31 B.C. in its political, religious, and social context.
Course description Of special interest are the development and political manipulation of portraiture, the rise of the Hellenistic baroque style, wall painting, theatrical architecture, and interactions with non-Greek cultures (including the Romans), which produce a hybrid art in response to new concerns.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: The Greek World 1A: Greece in the Making (CLGE08001) OR The Greek World 1B: Greece's New Horizons (CLGE08002)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Hellenistic Art and Archaeology (PGHC11187)
Other requirements or at the 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/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, research skills in classical archaeology;
  2. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, an in-depth knowledge of Hellenistic art and archaeology;
  3. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, a greater understanding of Greek religion and history;
  4. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, the ability to collate and understand methodological difficulties in reading archaeological and written sources, both ancient and modern;
  5. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, skills to analyze material and written sources for the ancient world and to craft and express arguments in written form
Reading List
Barringer, J.M. 2014. The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece. Cambridge.
Bugh, G., ed. 2006. The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World. Cambridge.
Burn, L. 2005. Hellenistic Art from Alexander the Great to Augustus. Los Angeles.
Green, P. 1990. Alexander to Actium. Berkeley.
Martin, L. 1987. Hellenistic Religions. Oxford.
Pollitt, J.J. 1978. 'The Impact of Greek Art on Rome.' Transactions of the American Philological Association 108: 155-174.
Pollitt, J.J. 1986. Art in the Hellenistic Age. Cambridge.
Smith, R.R.R. 1988. Hellenistic Royal Portraits. Cambridge.
Stewart, A. 1990. Greek Sculpture, 2 vols. New Haven and London.
Stewart, A. 1993. Faces of Power: Alexander's Image and Hellenistic Politics. Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London.
Stewart, A. 2004. Attalos, Athens, and the Akropolis. Cambridge.
Stewart, A. 2014. Art in the Hellenistic World: An Introduction. Cambridge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements The maximum number of students that can be accommodated on this course is 32.
KeywordsHellenistic Art
Course organiserDr Lucy Wadeson
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349
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