HISTART 440 - Cities and Sanctuaries of Classical Greece
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing, and a course in archaeology.
May not be repeated for credit.
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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In the ancient Greek, world cities and religious sanctuaries formed two complementary and interdependent types of built environment, each with its own characteristic function, architecture and layout.

  • But how did these distinctive architectural complexes arise, and how did they change through time and space?
  • What were their characteristic roles?
  • How can we detect those roles in the buildings and layouts of individual sites?
  • And to what extent did major political and cultural changes, such as the introduction of democracy, shape the various structures and the sites on which they stood?

In this course we address these questions and evaluate some of the answers (both ancient and modern) which have previously been offered, by looking in detail at the evidence from a variety of sites, including sanctuaries such as Delphi, Olympia and Samos, and cities such as Athens, Megara Hyblaia and Priene. We cover a wide geographical area, stretching from the Greek communities of southern Italy in the west, through Greece itself, to the eastern Greek settlements on the west coast of modern Turkey. We also span a long period of time, from the ninth and eighth centuries BCE, down to the third century BCE.

The aim of the course is to enable students with some prior experience of Greek art and archaeology (for example through CLARCH/HISTART 221 and/or CLARCH/HISTART 384) to explore in more depth some of the cultural, social and political factors influencing the architectural form and spatial organisation of sites and structures in the Greek world during this period.

Course Requirements:

Three in-class tests and a final paper. Participation in class discussion is also required.

Intended Audience:

Intended for students who have some knowledge of the Greek world (e.g., from CLARCH 220 or 221 or HISTART 220 or 221) and would like to find out more.

Class Format:

Class is a mixture of informal slide lecture and discussion of readings.


HISTART 440 - Cities and Sanctuaries of Classical Greece
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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