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Art & Architecture of Archaic and Classical Greece: Outline

Temple of Zeus
Content and Academic Aims:

This module aims to explore the art and architecture of Greece, from Athens to Delphi, Salamis, Corinth and Olympia. Beginning with pre-Classical art of the Mycenaean period, through to the early Hellenistic period, we will examine public art in the form of temples and sculpture, as well as small scale and private artefacts, such as pottery and votive figurines. The connection between art and religion, art and death and art and identity are essential perspectives which inform our understanding of this material. Students will be encouraged to adopt an approach which considers the use, meaning and function of these interactive objects and buildings, which goes beyond artist talent and style. An ability to contextualise this material and draw upon additional sources to aid interpretation is essential. The skills developed during this module, and the topic itself, complements and supplements existing provisions for Undergraduates in the department. In order to understand the scale and physicality of these objects and monuments, student will attend a research visit to the Ashmolean Museum, organised through the module. A trip to Greece could be arranged, subject to attendance.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Examine and interpret Greek art and architecture by drawing upon their knowledge of use, function and iconography.
  • Understand how art can communicate social values and ideology.
  • Acquire a broad and critical knowledge of methodological approaches to Greek art and architecture.
  • Acquire both specific and general skills in researching topics, drawing upon images, maps and sites plans, as well as secondary literature.
  • Communicate and discuss their ideas with confidence, as individuals and as part of pair presentations.