Course Description

Course Name

Classical Art and Archaeology: Of Heroes, Gods and Men

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


An introductory study of Classical art and archaeology, examining both the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

This paper explores the art and archaeology of Classical Greece and Rome from prehistoric times (c 2000 BCE and the Minoan period) to the late Roman empire (fifth century CE). It studies the crowning achievements of Graeco-Roman material culture, from the labyrinthine Palace of King Minos on Crete to the spectacular Colosseum of Imperial Rome and the ruins of ancient Pompeii. These physical remains and their cultural context also provide a backdrop for a consideration of the legacy of Classical civilization and a fuller understanding of our own world through study of life in Classical times.

Course Structure
Two 50-minute lectures per week, each focusing on a particular subject in the field of classical archaeology, arranged on a chronological basis.
Bi-weekly tutorials, each emphasising some particular aspect of archaeological research and the associated interpretative activities.

Learning Outcomes
- Know the major geographical areas of the Greek and Roman world and the cultures associated with them and understand the relevant chronological framework
- Recognise the major styles of architecture, sculpture, pottery and painting
- Be able to discuss the significance of selected major sites, structures and objects
- Be aware of some of the problems involved in archaeological interpretation and in the ways we attempt to reconstruct the Greek and Roman past

W. Biers The Archaeology of Greece (Ithaca: Cornell 1996). Second edition.
S. Tuck A History of Roman Art (Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell 2015).

*Course content subject to change