Honors | Topography and Monuments of Athens (CLAS)
C420 | 26696 | Margaretha Kramer

MW 4:00-5:15pm

This course is an archaeological survey of the major monuments of
ancient Athens from the prehistoric through the Roman eras. Topics
include basic architectural forms and their political, social, and
religious functions; Athenian democracy, political patronage, and
building programs; and the integration of historical sources and the
archaeological record.
By the end of the course you should:
- be able to give your friends or parents a guided antiquities tour
when in Athens
- recognize and point out on a map/plan the main topographical
features and monuments of ancient Athens and the surrounding
- recognize and know the function(s) of the major architectural
monuments from ancient Athens,
- recognize the major styles of architecture, sculpture, pottery,
and painting present in ancient Athens,
- be able to discuss the significance of selected monuments,
- be aware of the influence of politics and religion on the creation
of ancient monuments,
- be able to combine and reconcile archaeological and literary
evidence to create a synthesis of (the function/history of) a
- be able to ‘think like an archaeologist’- i.e. be able to draw
conclusions about ancient Athenian life, society, etc. from material
- be aware of some of the problems involved in archaeological
interpretation and in the ways we attempt to reconstruct and the
Textbooks and Reading Assignments:
Two textbooks are required for this class:
J.M. Camp, The Archaeology of Athens, Yale UP 2001
J.M. Hurwit, The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles, Cambridge UP 2004
Both are available at the Friends of Art Bookstore, on the first
floor of the Fine Arts building.
Other required readings will be handed out in class or made
available as electronic files and announced in class or on the
Oncourse website in due time. Keep checking Oncourse for
announcements and readings! All required readings are to be
completed each day before the class meeting.
Recommended websites:
http://www.stoa.org/athens/index.html Excellent website with
abundant visual material and brief but correct and to-the-point
information about better as well as lesser known monuments
http://people.hsc.edu/drjclassics/sites/acropolis/acropolis.shtm A
bit more popular, with links to major monuments in Athens and Attica
Workload and Grading policy: your final grade for the class will be
determined by 1. an in-class presentation (20%), 2. a write-up of
your presentation (30%), and 3) your scores in two scheduled exams
(25% each). Students enrolled in the honors section of the course
will also write a final research paper, ca. 10 pages double-spaced,
on a theme or issue of particular interest to them.
Attendance and participation: Although there is no formal grade for
attendance, you are expected to attend all classes. Failure to do so
will result in your missing important material, questions, and
discussion and will thus automatically result in a lower overall
grade. This is especially the case in classes with a strong visual
component, like art and archaeology – missing class means that you
will probably miss the ‘big picture’ (literally) as well as the
opportunity to ask questions and get direct feedback. I expect you
to actively participate in class, which you will be able to do if
you did the reading and the homework assignments. Often I’ll post a
series of questions or a homework assignment about the reading on
Oncourse; write out the answers/responses and bring them with you to
class. Even if I don’t collect them, they are at the basis of class
discussions. Get me to know you by asking questions and taking part
in discussions!
Presentations: These should take ca. 20 minutes for students signed
up in one of the undergraduate sections (C412-28039 and A412-28381)
and ca. 40 minutes for students signed up in one of the graduate
sections (C412-28040 and A412-28382), not including following
questions and discussion. You are encouraged to use visual aids
(PowerPoint, hand-outs) for your presentation. A list of
presentation topics will be handed out during the first class;
please identify 5 topics you think you’d feel comfortable with (in
order of preference) and e-mail them to me before our second class –
I’ll try to accommodate your interests when assigning topics. Note:
if you would like to do something that’s not listed, write that
down, too, and we’ll work from there. For bibliography, consult your
textbook and/or contact me. If you use the www for information, be
VERY careful – a lot of what’s written on the internet is outdated
at best, sheer nonsense at worst.
Paper (write-up of your presentation): Your paper is due on the last
day of class, at the beginning of the class. Late papers will not be
accepted. It should be ca. 6 pages long for undergraduates, ca. 15
pages for graduate students and include footnotes and a
bibliography. Further guidelines for the paper will be posted on
Oncourse. Your paper topic may be based on your presentation.
Exams: A template for the two scheduled exams will be posted on
Oncourse a week before the exam date. Exams will be based upon
subjects covered in class lectures, discussions, presentations, and
readings. Some questions will be based upon slides (for example, on
identification, date, material, technique, style, and cultural and
historical significance).   Absence from a test without valid and
documented excuse (religious holidays, university sports events in
which you compete, illness and the like) will result in a “0” for
that test. Make-up tests will be given at the discretion and
convenience of the instructor.
Classroom civility: Please show respect for yourself, your
classmates, and me and refrain from any activities which may hinder
your or your classmates’ ability to learn in a relaxed environment.
These activities include, but are not limited to, cell-phone use,
talking through lectures or presentations, and multi-tasking.
Academic integrity: I regard cheating on the tests and term papers
as a very serious offense. All attempts to take credit for work that
is not your own or to assist others in doing so will be dealt with
according to university policy; sanctions for plagiarism can include
a grade of F for the assignment in question and/or for the course
and must include a report to the Dean of Students Office. If you
have questions about what exactly constitutes plagiarism, come talk
to me.