CLARCH 433 - Greek Sculpture
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Classical Archaeology (CLARCH)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing, some preparation in Classical Civilization, Classical Archaeology or History of Art.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/30/21 - 12/10/21 (see other Sections below)
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A common Greek word for statue was "eikōn," from which the English word "icon" is derived, and the sculpted image enjoyed unusual power and prestige in Greek culture. This course will focus on monumental Greek sculpture – including both freestanding statues and relief and architectural sculpture –from the age of Homer in the 8th c. B.C. to the Roman conquest of the Greek world seven centuries later.

Statues served a wide range of functions in ancient Greece, as images of gods and goddesses, as personal dedications in sanctuaries, as grave monuments, and as honorific portraits. They were made out of a variety of materials, including terracotta, limestone and marble, bronze, and in rare cases, ivory and gold. In addition to free standing statues, relief sculptures – in which the figures are not carved fully in the round but are attached to a background, like three-dimensional paintings – served many of the same functions, as well as providing opportunities for more complex narrative compositions. Free-standing statues and relief sculptures were combined in the figural decoration of temples, in which scenes of Greeks myths and legends supplied a kind of visual commentary on the purpose and meaning of the temple.

In addition to providing a chronological survey of the history of Greek sculpture, this course will investigate a wide range of related subjects, including Greek sculptural techniques, the significance of "realism" in Greek art, the analysis of stylistic change, and the relationships between art and society in ancient Greece. The course will conclude with an examination of the reception of Greek sculpture – its significance for later generations – from the Roman period to the present day.

Textbooks/Other Materials:
M.D. Fullerton, Greek Sculpture (Chichester 2016).
Regular readings on Canvas site

HISTART Distribution Requirements: Middle East, Europe and the US, Ancient

Course Requirements:

Final examination (40% of final grade); mid-term examination (20% of final grade); final paper (30% of final grade); unannounced quizzes (5% of final grade [5 quizzes at 1% ea.]); class participation and attendance (5% of final grade).

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates with some prior knowledge of art history of classical studies; graduate students interested in a survey of Greek sculpture

Class Format:

Two 80-mintue lectures weekly.


CLARCH 433 - Greek Sculpture
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
8/30/21 - 12/10/21

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