Art and ideas in Ancient Greece
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: RC030
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
We try to see the art of this ancient world as the Greeks themselves would have done. An attempt is made to avoid anachronism by not interpreting their creations in our terms but seeing them through ‘Greek eyes’. Contemporary literature, history, and archaeology is consulted to inform and control our conclusions on the art itself.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
If we are to understand Greek art using Greek ideas, we must explore a range of Greek perceptions and values. These include their understandings of: the gods, religion, myth, poetry, drama, gender (men, women & sexuality), identity (Greeks & Barbarians), food, wine-drinking, power & politics, rivalry & competition, gift exchange, craftsmanship, science, philosophy, death and the afterlife. We examine how all of these influenced Greek art and how (in turn) Greek art itself may have impacted on these cultural behaviours.
The classes are richly illustrated not merely to accompany the narrative but because the visual material is – examined in its context of literature history & archaeology – the evidence from which our conclusions are drawn. There is the added bonus that frequently what we are viewing is beautiful - offering aesthetic pleasure as well as intellectual excitement.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- examine works of art in the way the ancient Greeks would have seen them
- provide some information on the background that led to the creation of such art.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge is required and (if you like, to the extent you would like) we can all participate in discussions. In addition (if you so wish) you are very welcome to make a presentation on any related subject of your choice.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will consist of tutor-led lectures with opportunities to engage in discussions related to the topics presented in class. Reading material will be provided by the tutor on Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring writing material.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses on Ancient Greece in the summer or from September. See website for details.
Michael teaches Classical and Ancient history at the City Lit. For many years he lectured in the Certificate/Diploma in History of Art course at London University, Birkbeck. He delivered a course in the ‘Classical Tradition’ at St Mary’s University and on ‘the Classical Artist’ at the Courtauld Institute. He also teaches a Summer School on Ancient Art in Christ Church, Oxford University. Michael acts as a tour guide to archaeological sites and museum collections.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.