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Greek Art (H408/24)

Ancient Greece in Technicolour

Prof. Michael Scott discovers the vibrant colours that once adorned ancient Greek monuments and meets experts at the British Museum to reveal traces of colour on the Parthenon itself [clip from BBC Who Were the Greeks?]


#AskAnAcademic: Prof. Zahra Newby on Mythology in Greek Art Part One: Introduction and Greece

A lecture and Q&A delivered to Runshaw College on 16/12/2020

#AskAnAcademic: Prof. Zahra Newby on Mythology in Greek Art Part Two: Beyond Greece

A lecture and Q&A delivered to Runshaw College on 16/12/2020

#AskAnAcademic: Prof.Zahra Newby on Myth, Art and Architecture Part One: Greek Myth in Art and Architecture
#AskAnAcademic: Prof.Zahra Newby on Myth, Art and Architecture Part Two: Greek Myth and Funerary Art
#AskAnAcademic: Prof.Zahra Newby on Myth, Art and Architecture Part Three: Ancient Iconoclasm and Art as History

Recorded at our 2019 Class Civ Teachers Day, this session on Greek Art took place in our Antiquities Room, where Prof. Zahra Newby and Dr Conor Trainor led a hands-on session with our Greek vases and replicas. Dr Trainor and Prof Newby explained how Pottery - as a common, everyday, and almost indestructible commodity - is one of the most important classes of artefacts for helping us to interpret many aspects of the ancient world, the aims of the session being to familiarise the teachers with the main archaeological/art historical uses of pottery; to familiarise them with the main approaches to archaeological pottery; and to provide an idea about how pottery is identified and interpreted. A Greek Pottery Handout can be downloaded along with one on Greek Art.

OCR Greek Art A-level Syllabus Pieces

Francesca Grilli from Runshaw College has created these amazing videos on every piece of art in the OCR Greek Art A-level syllabus and allowed us to use them as part of the WCN/Classics for All resource collaboration.

Each video focuses on one artwork from the syllabus and provides a detailed analysis of its background, importance and place within Greece's artistic tradition. Francesca is Course Leader for Classics at Runshaw College in Leyland.

For more info about Runshaw Classics follow them on Twitter @RunshawClassics, Instagram, or subscribe to their Youtube Channel.

Male Statuary

Female Statuary


Greek Vase Paintings

Exam topics

AIE resources illustrate the relevance of ancient Athenian inscriptions, especially those of the classical period (the fifth and fourth centuries BC, c. 500-300 BC), to pre-18 education in the UK and beyond. They aim to support teachers who wish to introduce inscriptions into their teaching as a way of captivating their students’ imagination and fostering enthusiasm for the ancient Greek world.

These resources, consisting of teachers’ notes and slides for classes, underline the textual and visual potential of inscriptions for those engaged with learning about ancient Greek history and civilisation. The idea of an inscription being carved and read “in real life” is a way of fostering the curiosity of students about the past. Accordingly, through inscriptions, learners benefit from the bringing to life of the ancient world, perhaps in a way that helps it seem less abstract and initially less complicated. At the same time, they hope that introducing students at pre-18 level to inscriptions will encourage them to explore ancient source material of their own accord, and will help them to ‘bridge the gap’ into University study if they chose to pursue it. In their Introduction to AIE for Teachers resource you will find more ideas about using inscriptions in the classroom. They also offer a set of slides which introduce learners of all ages to Greek inscriptions: see Introduction to ancient Athenian inscriptions.

Greek Art Videos from Communicator Ltd

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In these videos Prof Carrie Vout of Cambridge University discusses the Peplos Kore, a statue of Antinous, and the Discobolus.

Watch the videos with subtitles here.

Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art

[Source: The British Museum]

A set of seven videos created by the British Museum for their exhibition 'Defining Beauty'.

Videos created by Warwick students for the module Hellenistic World