What is the course about?
This course looks at objects from the ancient Greek world, covering a wide time frame from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period. The focus is on looking closely at ancient objects, and thinking about the evidence they provide about the lives of ancient people. We will consider different types of artefacts which are preserved in the archaeological record, ranging from small personal items for everyday use to public monumental sculpture. The morning session provides an introduction which is designed to support the visit to the British Museum after lunch, where we will take a detailed look at some of the artworks on display.
What will we cover?
We will discuss a wide range of Greek archaeological treasures including:
• gold jewellery
• votive objects
• free-standing and architectural sculpture
• black-figure and red-figure pottery.
In particular, we will consider:
• What did such artefacts mean to those who owned, used, displayed and/or dedicated them?
• What can the depiction of women on Greek painted pottery contribute to our understanding of the daily lives of women in ancient Greece?
• What does the treatment of the male and female body in Greek sculpture reveal about the ways ancient Greeks thought about themselves and their world?
• What are the strengths of archaeological evidence in contributing to our understanding of the ancient world?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Recognise key features of some of the major periods of Greek archaeology and art (Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean, Early Iron Age, Geometric, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic).
• Be familiar with diverse Greek archaeological objects and their significance for understanding the lives of people in the past.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading, but this is not required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will be through illustrated lectures, handouts and group discussion, enhanced by a guided museum visit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. You may want to bring writing material to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Many other courses on ancient history, art and archaeology at the City Lit.