Spring 2014 CLASSIC 172 001 LEC

Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
Section: 
001 LEC
Days and Time: 
TuTh 930-11A
Room: 
242 DWINELLE
Units: 
4
Instructor: 
SHELTON, K S
Final: 
10: WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014 1130-230P
Enrollment: 
Limit:17 Enrolled:14 Waitlist:0 Avail Seats:3 [on Oct 2, 2014]
Course Description: 

Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age

This course is an introductory overview of the ancient civilizations of the Bronze Age (3000-1100 BCE) Aegean: Crete, the Cyclades, Mainland Greece, and Western Anatolia. It is intended to expose you to the sites, monuments, art, and artifacts of these cultures and to understand the way a variety of evidence is used to reconstruct history. The evocative, yet still enigmatic remains of palaces and funerary complexes, frescoes and vase-paintings, and precious worked objects will be closely examined in terms of their forms and cultural contexts. Emphasis will also be placed on comparison of the cultures and their material evidence to see how each evolved, to define similarities and differences, and most importantly, to examine the possible influence from cultural exchange, including the place of prehistoric Greece in the international world of the eastern Mediterranean.

The golden age of kings and heroes, about whom Greek poets like Homer sang, seemed all but lost in the mists of time until the spades of Heinrich Schliemann and Arthur Evans began uncovering the vast palaces at Mycenae and Knossos at the end of the nineteenth century. Since then, the quantity of excavated remains has grown enormously, revealing over 2000 years of sophisticated and wealthy early civilizations. This material will be presented through illustrated lectures and readings. Grades will be based on two exams and writing assignments.

Restriction: 
BY CATEGORY
Discussions: 
101 DISW 12-1P211 DWINELLETURBEVILLE, K E14786
102 DISF 1-2P247 DWINELLETURBEVILLE, K E14976
Texts: 
Title Author/Editor Publisher ISBN # Edition/Year Required?
Introduction to Aegean Art Betancourt INSTAP Academic Press 978-1931534215 2007 Yes
Aegean Art and Architecture Preziosi & Hitchcock Oxford University Press 978-0192842084 2000 Yes

 

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