This course offers an introduction to the art and archaeology of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period (approximately 2500-150 BCE). By studying the surviving evidence (much of it the product of archaeological digs), students will be initiated to the architecture, sculpture, ceramics, and other material products of the ancient Greeks. We will examine closely Minoan and Mycenaean palaces and famous ancient temples like the Parthenon, bronze and marble statues of gods and prominent individuals, pots decorated with mythological and everyday-life scenes, and numerous other artifacts.
The course will be primarily based on a process of familiarization with the visual evidence: understanding the material developments of Greek antiquity will help students get a firm grasp of the civilization(s) behind them, become better interpreters of the Classical world, and even informed museum visitors. No previous knowledge or experience of ancient Greece will be expected or required. Lectures will be accompanied by abundant visual material.