clst 306 / fnar 336 the art of ancient greece
Intersession I, 2012 B.M. Lavelle
This course is an introduction to the art and archaeology of the ancient Greeks from the Bronze Age (c. 3000 BCE) to the Hellenistic period (first century BCE). It focuses specifically on major developments in and examples of ancient Greek architecture, sculpture, pottery and painting. Students will learn what is actually to be seen and understood as the “text” of individual pieces, while maintaining their sense and grasp of overall form and composition, as well as how individual examples figure in trends, evolutions, and otherwise in their contexts. Students will thus come to understand how the parts and the whole work together to comprise art.
We will be fortunate in this class to be able to visit actual works (or copies of works) of Greek art in museums or in situ.
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Skills Areas
Students will learn to interpret selected examples of ancient Greek art, including painting, sculpture, architecture, and other types from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period in light of their aesthetic and cultural values and precedents.
They will zero in on the details of examples, that is, what is actually to be seen as the “text” of individual pieces, while maintaining their sense and grasp of overall form and composition, as well as how individual examples figure in their immediate and extended contexts.
Students will come to understand that art even in the rather different culture of the Greeks is yet a communication that reflects the desire of artists to portray the truths of the human condition and environment in aesthetic ways.
They will also learn that art is inimitably tied to audience, its time and place, and so that it is a representation of social, psychological, political, intellectual, cultural and other topics and concerns.
Students will develop a better sense of aesthetics and aesthetic appreciation and so understand more about art, ancient and modern.
J. G. Pedley, Greek Art and Archaeology, 5th edition (Prentice-Hall: 2011).
EVALUATION CATEGORIES/WEIGHTING: GRADING:
Short Reports 20% 90-100 A 72-74 C+
Journal 20% 87-89 A- 68-71 C
Mid-term 30% 83-86 B+ 65-67 C-
Final 20% 78-82 B 62-64 D+
Personal summary 10% 75-77 B- 58-61 D
-57 (let’s not go there)
June 22: Early evening walking tour of Plaka:
Monuments of old Athens
(This is informal and not part of the course.)
June 23 National Museum (morning):
Minoan wall-paintings (if wing is open) ,Greek pottery and pottery painting: Geometric to Late Classical Mycenaean art and artifacts; Sculpture: Archaic to Hellenistic: kouroi, Artemision Zeus,
Agora and Agora museum (afternoon)
Akropolis and Akropolis Museum (early evening)
Akropolis (site): Parthenon, Erectheion; Sculptures: korai; frieze and metopes
June 24 Mycenae and Mycenae Museum
Mycenae (site): Lion Gate (and wall), Grave circle, Cult rooms, megaron Museum: artifacts from the 16th to the 11th centuries B.C.E.
June 25 Sparta and Sparta Museum (late morning)
Sparta (site): akropolis, Artemis Orthia Museum: miscellaneous artifacts, “Leonidas”
June 26 Olympia and Olympia Museum (afternoon)
Olympia (site): T. Zeus, T. Hera, Stadium; Olympia Museum: Temple sculptures, Nike, Hermes and Dionysos, Zeus & Ganymede
Mid-term (late afternoon)
June 27 Delphi and Delphi Museum (afternoon)
Delphi (site): treasuries, T. Apollo, stadium; Delphi Museum: treasury sculptures, charioteer, Kleobis and Biton.
June 28 Thebes (late morning)
Kerameikos (late afternoon/early evening)
Kerameikos (site): demosion sema Kerameikos museum: Dipylon amphorai, gravestones.
June 29 Aegina
T. of Athena Aphaia site (early afternoon)
June 30 Sounion (late morning)
Akropolis (possible: late afternoon)
July 1 Final Exam (early morning).