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Postgraduate Course: The Athenian Akropolis (online) (PGHC11530)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn examination of the ancient Athenian Akropolis and its slopes from c. 3000 B.C. until the fourth century A.D. The site offers an opportunity to study not only art and archaeology but also religion and mythology.
Course description This course examines the history of the Athenian Akropolis and its slopes from its earliest habitation in the Neolithic period until the late antique period. The focus will be on the monuments and religious rituals evidenced there, including not only large-scale architecture, but also sculpture, smaller votives, altars, inscriptions, and topographical features. Emphasis will be given to technical archaeological matters, the use of ancient written sources in interpreting the material remains, and the role of the Akropolis in the life of the city.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking The Athenian Akropolis (PGHC11453) OR The Athenian Akropolis (CACA10026)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 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) - 3,500 word essay (80%)
- forum participation (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 an understanding of the varied complexity of the large body of evidence for the Athenian Akropolis in both written and archaeological contexts;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the chief scholarly questions and problems concerning the Athenian Akropolis;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the history of the Athenian Akropolis and its importance for the political, social and cultural historian of the ancient Mediterranean;
  4. demonstrate an ability to analyse the primary and secondary scholarship critically and thoughtfully
  5. demonstrate to analyse and formulate an argument
Reading List
Barringer, J. M. 2008. Art, Myth, and Ritual in Classical Greece. Cambridge.
Berger, E., ed. 1984. Parthenon-Kongress Basel. Mainz.
Economakis, R., ed. 1994. Acropolis Restoration: the CCAM Interventions. London.
Hurwit, J.M. 1999. The Athenian Acropolis. Cambridge.
Hurwit, J.M. 2004. The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles. Cambridge.
Keesling, C. 2003. Votive Statues of the Athenian Acropolis. Cambridge.
Neils, J. 1996. Worshipping Athena: Panathenaia and Parthenon. Madison.
Neils, J. 2001. The Parthenon Frieze. Cambridge.
Parker, R. 1996. Athenian Religion: A History. Oxford.
Pausanias, Description of Greece.
Pollitt, J.J. 1997. "The Meaning of the Parthenon Frieze" In The Interpretation of Architectural Sculpture in Greece and Rome, edited by D. Buitron-Oliver, 50-65.
Stewart, A., 2005. Attalos, Athens, and the Akropolis. Cambridge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - ability to read and analyse complex arguments
- ability to formulate an argument in written and oral form
- ability to discuss both primary material and scholarly literature at an advanced level
- ability to listen carefully and counterarguments with arguments
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Judith Barringer
Tel: (0131 6)50 3584
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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