The Bronze Age of Greece

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Bronze Age of Greece

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Art History, European Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The art and archaeology of Crete, the Cycladic islands and the mainland of Greece from 4000 to 1000 BC.

    This course provides a comprehensive study of Aegean prehistory and an understanding of these prehistoric cultures within the broader context of the east Mediterranean. It examines political, religious and social structures using literary and physical evidence, written and unwritten material. It is not only useful for students who want to specialize in the art of antiquity but also is important for those students who want to study the cultural evolution in the Aegean area before the development of the historical Greek civilization.

    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Identify works of architecture, painting, sculpture, pottery, and metalwork as to title, culture, date, medium, provenance or location using appropriate technical terminology.
    2. Discuss the development of each of the visual arts throughout the main historical periods covered using appropriate technical terminology.
    3. Evaluate the primary and secondary evidence associated with particular sites, monuments or works of art.
    4. Compare and contrast the material remains from the three major civilizations of the Aegean, i.e. Minoan, Cycladic and Helladic, and discuss contact with other cultures.
    5. Evaluate how artistic creation interacts with the social, political, economic, and religious environments.
    6. Discuss the major critical approaches to the interpretation of Bronze Age material culture.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures, in-class writing and interactive learning such as class and student-led discussion.
    - Use of field trips when possible.
    - Use of visual materials.
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can discuss the course material.
    - Use of a Blackboard site, where instructors can post lecture notes assignment instructions, timely announcements, and additional resources.
    - Use of library facilities: students are encouraged to make use of the library facilities for their assignments as well as for preparation for the final exam. 


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