CLARCH 439 - Greek Vase Painting
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Classical Archaeology (CLARCH)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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For over 400 years from ca 800 BCE to 350 BCE the ancient Greeks painted much of their pottery, used for dinner parties, grave gifts and offerings to the gods, with stories. These narratives ran the gamut from scenes of daily life — weddings, dinner parties, rituals, games and funerals — to renditions of myths and scenes from epic poetry. Hundreds of thousands of these painted pots survive for study. They offer unique insights into the changing values of the citizens of the emerging democratic city-states. They also preserve an unprecedented record of ancient artists’ developing painting skills and tastes during one of the most dynamic eras in human history.

In this class, we will study these remarkable relics of the past for what they have to tell us about Greek society and what we can learn about ourselves from changing approaches to the study of this rich body of material.

Course Requirements:

Assessed work consists of midterm and final examinations and one research paper, 12-15 pages in length.

Intended Audience:

This class is intended for all those interested in past societies and how we study them. Although some knowledge of ancient Greece is helpful, every effort is made to provide full background in each lecture.

Class Format:

Two lectures with some in class discussion per week.

CLARCH 439 - Greek Vase Painting
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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