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CL2308 Greek Archaeology

Greek Archaeology

Module Organiser: Dr. Christine Morris
Duration of Course: All year
Contact Hours: 32 Lectures, 6 seminars
Weighting: 10 ECTS
Assessment: Examination 80%, Continuous assessment (two written assignments) 20%

Description: This module explores the ancient Greek world through its material culture, covering a time-span from the collapse of Mycenaean palatial cultures through to the Classical period. The approach is thematic and topics will include state formation, colonization and cultural interaction in the Mediterranean, the development of Greek sanctuaries, the archaeology of the Greek countryside, the social and political roles of art and architecture in Archaic and Classical Athens, sexuality and gender relations, death and society, and archaeology and modern politics.

Introductory Reading

  • S. Alcock and R. Osborne eds, Classical Archaeology. Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology. (Oxford 2007)
  • R. Osborne, Greece in the Making 1200 - 479 B.C. (London 1996; 2nd edition 2009).
  • J.M. Camp, The Archaeology of Athens. (London 2004)
  • R. Osborne, Archaic and Classical Greek Art. (Oxford 1998)
  • J. Whitley, The Archaeology of Ancient Greece. (Cambridge 2001)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • sound geographical knowledge of the Greek world
  • ability to apply visual and spatial skills to the analysis of artifacts, architectural plans and other archaeological diagrams
  • knowledge of the primary sources (archaeological, artistic, textual) relevant to the module topics
  • familiarity with, and ability to evaluate, the major theoretical approaches, debates and scholarship relevant to the module topics
  • ability to discuss the above, both orally and in writing, in a clear and scholarly manner, and to work effectively in teams

Last updated 13 August 2013 ryanw1@tcd.ie.