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

Postgraduate Course: Early and Archaic Greek Art and Archaeology (PGHC11510)

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
SummaryAn exploration of Greek art and architecture and society from its beginnings in the Bronze Age through the Dark Ages, and the Geometric and Archaic periods (c. 3000-480 B.C.).
Course description Emphasis will be on political, historical, religious, and social context. Of special interest are Greek interactions with the Near East, the development of the polis, large-scale sanctuaries and architecture; the function and deployment of myth in vase painting and sculpture; new forms of government; class structure.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Early and Archaic Greek Art and Archaeology (CACA10018)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the varied complexity of the large body of evidence for this time period in both written and archaeological contexts across a vast geography in coursework;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the chief scholarly questions and problems concerning this material in coursework;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of this material and its importance for the political,social, and cultural history of the ancient Mediterranean in coursework;
  4. demonstrate an ability to analyse the primary and secondary scholarship critically and thoughtfully in coursework;
  5. demonstrate the ability to analyse and formulate an argument in coursework.
Reading List
Barletta, B. 2001. Origins of the Greek Architectural Orders. Cambridge.

Barringer, J. M. 2014. The Art and Archaeology of Greece. Cambridge.

Castleden, R. 2005. The Mycenaeans. London.

Dickinson, O. 2006. The Aegean from Bronze Age to Iron Age. London.

Fitton, J. L. 2002. The Minoans. London.

Gunter, A. 2009. Greek Art and the Orient. Cambridge.

Hurwit, J. 1999. The Athenian Acropolis. Cambridge.

Markoe, G. 1996. "The Emergence of Orientalizing in Greek Art." Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 301: 47-67.

Mazarakis Ainian, A. 1997. From Rulers' Dwellings to Temples: Architecture, Religion and Society in Early Iron Age Greece (1100-700 B.C.). Jonsered.

Palagia, O. 2006. Greek Sculpture: Function, Materials, Techniques. Cambridge.

Rystedt, E. and B. Wells, eds. 2006. Pictorial Pursuits: Figurative Painting on Mycenaean and Geometric Pottery. Stockholm.

Sparkes, B.A. 1996. The Red and the Black: Studies in Greek Pottery. London and New York.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills After successful completion of this course, students will have gained research skills in classical studies, in-depth knowledge of key monuments and sites in the Early Greek world, a greater understanding of Greek religion and history, and the ability to collate and understand methodological difficulties in reading archaeological and written sources, both together and individually.

Students will develop skills to analyze material and written sources for the ancient world, read modern scholarship on the ancient world with a critical eye, craft and express arguments in written form, and write a formal research essay.
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Course organiserDr Nicolette Pavlides
Tel: (0131 6)51 3856
Course secretaryMiss Mel Baker
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030
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