11462 - Archaeology and History of Greek Art (1)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in History (cod. 0962)

    Also valid for First cycle degree programme (L) in Humanities (cod. 8850)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will have a basic knowledge of Greek civilization, in its historical and artistic development. They will be familiar with the history and geography of the First Millennium BC, according to the traditional periodization of Greek civilisation - Protogeometric, Geometric, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods. They will also have mastered the languages, topics and methods of the discipline when interpreting artistic and cultural phenomena from a historical angle. They will be able to use cultural material to describe cultural encounters. They will be able to speak and write using terminology appropriate to their scientific discipline. They will also have learnt to listen, understand and debate respectfully with different viewpoints, and know how to spot tie-ups among different disciplines.

Course contents

Outlines of Archaeology and Greek Art History, from the Protogeometric period to Hellenism. During the starting lessons, the teacher will give advice on the studying, will explain the exam carrying out and will give the outlines of the basic elements of the discipline, in order to fill in possible gaps in students' knowledge.

Introduction to Greek civilization through its historical and geographical framework. The periodization and the specific terminology. Main aspects of architecture, urban planning, artistic and handcrafted production of the Greek World (sculpture, painting, mosaic, pottery) in the Protogeometric, Geometric, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods.


For those students attending classes:

Notes of the lectures and G. Bejor-M. Castoldi-C. Lambrugo, Arte greca, Milano 2013.

For those students not attending classes:

G. Bejor-M. Castoldi-C. Lambrugo, Arte greca, Milano 2013

and T. Hölscher, L'Archeologia Classica. Un'introduzione, Torino 2010, pages 31-38; 47-64; 75-78; 313-318; 331-344.

All the books are available at the library of the Department of History and Cultures  - Archaeology section, Piazza S. Giovanni in Monte, 2 Bologna

Teaching methods

Teaching is based on lectures, during which there are going to be several opportunities to discuss topics of interest for students, useful to enhance learning outcomes.

During the lessons, exercises are going to be proposed to students for self-assessment purposes on their learning process.  

For those students who are interested, there will be the opportunity to integrate the course within the educational programmes offered by the Department, such as excavation, laboratory and internship practice. In order to participate to these latter activities, students will be required to attend Modules 1 and 2 [e-learning mode: https://www.unibo.it/it/servizi-e-opportunita/salute-e-assistenza/salute-e-sicurezza/sicurezza-e-salute-nei-luoghi-di-studio-e-tirocinio ] and Module 3 concerning specific training on safety and health in workplaces.

Further details on attendance of Module 3 can be found in the specific section of the website for each course of study.

Assessment methods

The evaluation consists on an oral examination, during which the teacher is going to ask questions, with the support of images related to those topics illustrated and debated at lectures and/or found in the bibliography.

The assessment of students is based on their ability to refer the acquired knowledge by using the field-specific terminology and by framing consistently a specific topic in its related period (from the Protogeometric to the Hellenistic period).

Those students who demonstrate to have a systematic perspective of topics covered during lectures and/or in the above-mentioned bibliography, mastering them critically, also by using field-specific terms, will be given a mark of excellence. A mnemonic knowledge of the subject with the ability to sinthetize/analize, with correct, although not always field-specific command of the language will be rewarded with a 'fair' mark. Those students who demonstrate minimal knowledge of the subject, showing gaps and/or inappropriate command of the specific language will be given a pass mark or just above the pass mark. Significant knowledge gaps, insufficient field-specific language, lack of those abilities to frame correctly the covered topics and to orientate themselves among the bibliographical materials will not be given a pass mark.

Teaching tools

During the lessons the teacher is going to use slide presentations (for students attending classes available on-line at Virtuale -University of Bologna: https://virtuale.unibo.it/) and might hand out illustrative materials on specific topics.


Office hours

See the website of Vincenzo Baldoni


Quality education

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.