Honors | Art & Archaeology of the Aegean (CLAS)
C412 | 26807 | Margaretha Kramer-Hajos


TuTh 11:15am-12:30pm
BH 345

The course is a survey of the art and archaeology of the prehistoric
Aegean, ca. 3000-1100 B.C., with emphasis on the art and society of
the palatial civilizations of Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece. We
will cover a selection of sites and monuments of painting,
sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts of the Aegean world of
the Bronze Age, and pay special attention to the development of
complex societies, administration, and writing.
By the end of the course you should:
- understand the relevant chronological framework and chronological
problems,
- be able to locate sites and areas on a map of the Aegean world,
- be familiar with and able to characterize a set of cultures from
the prehistoric Aegean,
- recognize the major styles of architecture, sculpture, pottery,
and painting,
- be able to discuss the significance of selected major sites,
structures, and objects,
- be able to ‘think like an archaeologist’- i.e. be able to draw
conclusions about prehistoric life, society, etc. from material
evidence
- be aware of some of the problems involved in archaeological
interpretation and in the ways we attempt to reconstruct the
prehistoric past.