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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Classical Greek Sculpture (PGHC11316)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn-depth examination of the key monuments and themes of Greek sculpture, free-standing and relief, from ca.480 to 323 BC, with a special emphasis on styles, iconography, materials, and functions of Greek sculpture in their original contexts.
Course description Statues and reliefs in marble and bronze were a pervasive presence in the landscape of ancient Greek cities. They stood in private and public spaces alike and are among the most enduring legacies of ancient Greece. Free-standing statues dotted civic centres; architectural sculpture decorated major monuments; and sculpted stone slabs were erected on top of burials, therefore shaping interactions with the gods, the living, and the dead.

The aim of this course is to explore the styles, iconography, materials, and functions of Greek sculpture in their original contexts covering topics such as the development of bronze as a large-scale medium, the revolution in seeing and representing known as the 'classical style', Greek funerary sculpture and portraiture, the 'statuescape' of the main Greek sanctuaries and the uses of Greek sculptural motives by non-Greek Eastern dynasts in the fourth century BC.

Questions to explore include: What purpose did sculpture serve in ancient cities? How were these works, small and large, bronze and marble, produced? How were they seen and understood in their original contexts? How does their form, material and iconography reflect their function? Which themes got represented in sculptural form? What can we learn about the classical world from the study of Greek sculpture?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Class participation and oral reports: 25%
Essay: (4,000-5,000) 75%

Students will be expected to present for every class meeting, to participate in class discussion about assigned readings, to present two oral reports, and to submit a research essay.
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. research skills in classical archaeology
  2. in-depth knowledge of key monuments of Classical Greek sculpture
  3. a greater understanding of Greek religion and history
  4. the ability to collate and understand methodological difficulties in reading archaeological and written sources, both ancient and modern
  5. skills to analyze material and written sources for the ancient world and to craft and express arguments in written form
Reading List
Donohue A., Greek Sculpture and the Problem of Description (Cambridge 2005)

Hochscheid, H. Networks of Stone: Sculpture and Society in Archaic and Classical Athens (Oxford 2015).

Jenkins, I. Greek Architecture and its Sculpture (London 2006)

Neer, R. The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture (Chicago-London 2010)

Palagia, O., ed. Greek Sculpture: Function, Materials, and Techniques in the Archaic and Classical Periods. (Cambridge 2006)

Pollitt, J.J., The Art of Ancient Greece: Sources and Documents (Cambridge 2008)

Richter, G.M.A. Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks. 4th edition (Yale 1970)

Rolley, C. La sculpture grecque (Paris 1994-1999)

Spivey, N. Understanding Greek Sculpture (London 1996)

Stansbury-O'Donnell, M.D., Looking at Greek Art (Cambridge 2011)

Steiner, D. Images in Mind: Statues in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and Thought (Oxford/Princeton 2001)

Stewart, A.F. Greek Sculpture: An Exploration (London 1990)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsclassical greek sculpture
Course organiserDr Diana Rodriguez-Perez
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Perry
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