Greek Art and Architecture - CLAS6080

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This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.


This module is designed to give students a thorough introduction to a well-studied aspect of Greek archaeology, that of its Art and Architecture. The class will begin with examinations into the Greek Bronze Age by looking at Minoan and Mycenaean archaeology, followed by the art and architecture of the Iron Age. It will then focus on the archaeology of the Archaic, Classical (early-to-late) and culminate with the Hellenistic periods.

The main areas of Greek occupation will be studied: mainland Greece, the Greek Islands, Asia Minor, Southern Italy and Sicily, with concentration on major sites such as the Athenian Acropolis and Agora, Corinth, Ephesus and Syracuse. Religion is important for an understanding of the Greek world, so sanctuaries such as the sites of Delphi and Olympia will be explored and juxtaposed with smaller ones like Brauron and Sounion.

Throughout the class, the styles, development and changes to the art and architecture will be studied, but also questions will be raised about the cultural view of the remains. This is important for understanding the role the sites and artistic work played in Greek societies. Moreover, the historical events of specific periods will be explored to see what significance and influence they played on artistic and architectural styles, as well as patronage. The class will, therefore, supply students with a thorough grounding in the multiple issues raised by the study of Greek art and architecture.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Total Private Study Hours: 260
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

• Journal Critique (1,000 words) – 25%
• Essay (2,000 words) – 55%
• Visual In-Course Test (40 minutes) – 20%

Reassessment method:

• 100% Coursework (3,000 words)

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Neer, R.T., (2012). Art & Archaeology of the Greek World: A New History, c. 2500-c. 150 BCE. New York: Thames & Hudson.
Pedley, J.G. (2011). Greek Art and Archaeology, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press
Lawrence, A.W. and Tomlinson, R.A. (1996). Greek Architecture. New Haven: Yale University Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate familiarity with the changes in Greek Art and architecture from the Bronze Age to the fourth century;
2 Make critical archaeological interpretations of the material remains;
3 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of using interdisciplinary source material, such as historical sources and epigraphic remains;
4 Demonstrate a knowledge of the different artists and architects of the periods studied;
5 Demonstrate a knowledge of how art and structures were perceived in the Greek world.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate improved oral and written skills;
2 Research and summarise information using appropriate resources e.g. library;
3 Source and use appropriate web resources;
4 Demonstrate improved critical argumentative skills;
5 Work independently and in groups.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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