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The Course
  • A survey of the art of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period. The course also examines the role played by archaeologists and art historians in the reconstruction of the past and the ways in which Greek art has been interpreted and explained in the modern era. Emphasis is placed on examining the visual characteristics of the art and on the interpretation of those characteristics within their historical and cultural context.

Meeting Place and Time

  • Pannell 012: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:15

Required Textbook

    John Griffiths Pedley
    Greek Art and Archaeology
    Fifth Edition, 2012

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Student Responsibilities / Requirements

  • Active class participation, which includes being prepared for each class, and taking part in discussion.

  • Two Quizzes
    • You are required to take a Mid-Term Quiz (March 3) and an End-of-Term Quiz (April 28). Each quiz will be in three parts
      • 1: Identifications
        Fifteen (15) images will be projected each for one minute (drawn from a list of selected "study images" available online a week before each quiz). In each case, provide the requested information.
      • 2: Unknowns
        Four images will be projected. In each case, describe what you see, compare it to other works known to you, and try to identify what the image is.
      • 3: Terms
        Indicate the correct term for the definition given (see Pedley, pp. 389-391, for a Glossary).

  • Four Take-Home Essays
    • You are required to prepare and write two 3-to-5-page Mid-Term Take-Home Essays (due March 3) and two 3-to-5-page End-of-Term Take-Home Essays (due April 28). A list of topics will be made available online a week before the due dates. Select two topics from each set. Take as much time as needed to prepare each essay. I am mostly interested in your grasp of the information presented up to that point in the course and in your ability to write about it in a clear and cogent manner. Try to demonstrate your understanding of each topic through the completeness and complexity of your essay. I expect you to employ the correct terms to describe what you are discussing. You may use your class notes, textbook, and other research resources that you feel will enable you to compose the best possible analysis and discussion of each topic. Beware of plagiarism.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Any requirements not fulfilled at the end of the semester will result in a notice of failure for the course.


  • Regular attendance is required at all class meetings listed in the schedule. If you unable to attend a class meeting, you must inform me by email in advance. Unexplained absences from class meetings may result in a lowering of your grade.


  • Class participation = 10%
  • Each Quiz = 15% (x 2 = 30%)
  • Each Essay = 15% (x 4 = 60%)

Office and Hours

  • Pannell 203: Tuesdays 3:15-3:00, or by appointment
  • phone: 6194
  • email:

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