Professor Shelton has adapted her Classics 17A, Greek Archaeology, to be offered as a Classics 130. This course will have the same lecture sections as 17A but without the discussion sections. Instead there will be an enhanced syllabus with additional readings, writing and project assignments, and tutorials with Professor Shelton. If you still need to meet your lower division requirements, it's recommended you take Classics 17A.
This course is intended as an in-depth introduction to the material culture of the Ancient Greeks. We will examine and discuss the architecture, sculpture, painting, and ceramics of the various periods chronologically from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic period, and will examine how archaeologists and art historians interpret this evidence. One goal of the course is to understand the technical and artistic development and changes in the artifacts and their characteristic styles while gaining deeper insight into the civilization that produced them through an understanding of how the wider social and economic context conditioned and were affected by these accomplishments. Famous monuments and sites (the Shaft Graves of Mycenae, the Panhellenic Sanctuaries of Olympia and Delphi, the Acropolis of Athens) will be examined in detail together with many new discoveries “fresh out of the ground”. This material will be presented through illustrated lectures and readings. Grades will be based on three exams and a term project.