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CLU23116 Greek Archaeology

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.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Christine Morris
  • Duration:
    • All Year
  • Contact Hours:
    • 32 lectures, 6 seminars
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% continuous assessment (four written assignments)

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 conclusion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Demonstrate sound geographical knowledge of the Greek world
  • Apply visual and spatial skills to the analysis of artefacts, architectural plans and other archaeological diagrams.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of primary sources (archaeological, artistic, textual) relevant to the module topics.
  • Evaluate the major theoretical approaches, debates and scholarship relevant to the module topics.
  • Discuss the above, both orally and in written form, in a clear and scholarly manner.
  • Work effectively in small groups.