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Level 5

5AACAR34 Archaeology of Ancient Greece

Credit value: 15 credits
Module convenor/tutor: Dr Ellen Adams
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour class (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list  for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x essay of 2,500 words (60%); 2 x commentary of 750 words (20% each)

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand, there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This module focuses on the cities, sanctuaries and buildings of Ancient Greece, from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period. It addresses key themes from an archaeological perspective, such as the rise of the polis and the location of sanctuaries. We explore the evidence for how the Greeks lived, where they worshiped their gods, the public spaces such as agoras, and the monuments raised for the dead. We consider the evidence for communication and contact within and beyond the Greek world, and also the considerable variation across space, or regionalism. The question of how Greek identity is manifested in the material remains, especially buildings and cities, lies at the heart of this module. There will be at least one museum trip as part of this module.

Primary/introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.

  • Alcock, S.E. and R. Osborne (eds). 2007. Classical Archaeology (Oxford)

  • Lawrence, A.W. 1996: fifth ed. Greek Architecture (London)

  • Osborne, R. 1996. Greece in the Making: 1200-479 BC (London)

  • Tomlinson, R.A. 1989. Greek Architecture (Bristol)

  • Whitley, J. 2001. The Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Cambridge)

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