CLS 248-01: Greek Archaeology and Art
Spring Semester, 2005

Gerald V. Lalonde
ARH 311B | x4264 | lalondg@grinnell.edu | Office Hours: MWF, 11-12; 3:15-4:05; TTh, 2:30-4:05 or appt.
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Lectures and Readings / Reasearch Papers and Presentations


Lecture Topics and Readings


    The following outline indicates the order of topics, but in the interest of flexibility specific dates or spans of time are not assigned to each.

    All dates are approximate and B.C.

    As noted in the Syllabus, the readings of Biers are required; the optional readings (E. Vermeule, Greece in the Bronze Age; R. Higgins, Minoan and Mycenaean Art; J. Boardman, Greek Art) on reserve in Burling Library are offered in case you wish to do further study of the subject.

     See the Slide Galleries for a selection of significant slides for most of the following topics.

1) INTRODUCTION
    Preview of the content and methodology of the course; definition and brief history of archaeology and art; chronological outline of Greek history
    Biers, 1-21

2) GREECE IN THE PALEOLITHIC (-6000) AND NEOLITHIC (6000-3000) AGES
    Geography and its influence on the early civilization of Greece; Paleolithic Greece; some
major Neolithic settlements (Sesklo, Dimeni, Lerna)
    Optional: V(ermeule), 24-44. 58-65

3) EARLY HELLADIC (3000-2000)
    General features of the Chalkolithic Revolution (Beginning of the Bronze age); EH Lerna
    Optional: V, 24-44, 58-65; H(iggins), 65-73

4) MIDDLE HELLADIC (2000-1550)
    Immigration of the Greek-speakers (makers of Minyan ware); Greece in the Middle Bronze age; Schliemann and Troy of the Early, Middle and Late Bronze ages
   Optional: V, 66-81; H, 7-15

5) LATE HELLADIC (1550-1100): The "MYCENAEAN" period
    Schliemann in Greece; The citadels of mainland kings: Mycenae; Tiryns
    Biers, 62-96
    Optional: V, 82-155; H, 76-94

6) THE CYCLADES AND MINOAN CRETE (3000-1400)
    Early Cycladic figurines; Early and Middle Minoan pottery; Arthur Evans and Knossos; Phaistos; other Minoan palace sites. The powerful scholarly legacy of Evans, and its critics
    Biers, 23-61
    Optional: V, 45-58; H, 53-64; 17-52, 74-76, 94-102

7) LATE HELLADIC cont.
    Blegen: the discovery and excavation of Pylos; Ventris: the decipherment of Linear B and the revolution of Minoan/Helladic archaeology
    Optional: V, 156-279; H, 103-143

8) DECLINE AND FALL OF MYCENAEAN CIVILIZATION (1200-1100)
    The effects and theories of cause; the onset of the so-called Dark Ages
    Optional: V, 280-313; H, 143-190

    The A-V Lab has on file a good videotape entitled "Crete and Mycenae" (ID: HUM-VHS-VT-024) which is an overview of the some of the same subject matter covered in topics 4) -8). I will not show this in class, but you might want to look at it for purposes of review or as a supplement to the lectures. You will find that on a few points this film differs from what you get in the class lectures or readings. Feel free to ask me about such points.

9) SUBMYCENAEAN (1100-1050), PROTOGEOMETRIC (1050-900), AND GEOMETRIC (900-700)     PERIODS
    Revolution and evolution of pottery styles; Burials and other evidence of Dark-Age culture
    Biers, 97-131
    Optional: B(oardman), 9-33

10) TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES OF ARCHAEOLOGY
    Optional: reread Biers, Ch.1, or something from the footnotes or his "Suggestions for Further Reading" on that chapter.

Approximate point of MID-TERM EXAM to be given on March 16.

11) THE EARLY ARCHAIC PERIOD AND ITS POTTERY
     The Renaissance of Greece; Proto-Attic pottery; Orientalizing style; Corinth and Corinthian wares.
     Biers, 32-33, 143-153
     Optional: B, 40-54

12) DELPHI
    History and monuments of a panhellenic shrine

13) GREEK SCULPTURE
    The evolution of monumental Greek sculpture from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods with emphasis on the art of the human figure.
    Biers,119-22, 140-45, 154-56, 165-180, 194-96, 214-36, 263-76, 284-86, 295-315
    Optional: B, 54-58, 65-79, 101-114, 127-136, 141-158, 179-207

14) ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE AND RED-FIGURE VASE PAINTING
    Biers, 178-88, 327-42, 277-81, 321-323
    Optional: B, 79-100, 162-178

15) NUMISMATICS
    Greek coins as art and historical documents
    Biers, 190-91, 242-45, 281-83, 325-327
    Optional: B, 158

16 ) GREEK ARCHITECTURE
   The history of the Greek temple. The Athenian Acropolis, its history and its buildings with their sculpture: Parthenon; Propylaea; Nike Temple; Erechtheum. Other architectural highlights of Athens.

    The class will view a videotape, "The Greek Temple" (AV ID: HUM-VHS-VT-021), a broader view of Greek temple architecture than that of the lectures, which will concentrate on Athens and its Acropolis.
    Biers, 100-104, 112-18, 133-39, 156-64, 173-76, 196-214, 247-62, 291-95, 330-32, 333-34
    Optional: B, 59-65, 116-127; 136-141

17) OLYMPIA AND THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF GREEK ATHLETICS (tentative)

18) THE AGORA OF ATHENS
   Architecture, monuments and machinery of Athenian democracy; the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos: a model of the construction and use of ancient secular architecture.
    Biers, (miscellaneous) 315-20, 330-35


FINAL EXAM: 2:00 am, Thursday, May 19

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