11462 - Archaeology and History of Greek Art (1)

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students are to obtain a basic knowledge of Greek civilization, in its historical and artistic development, and they are capable to orient themselves in the framework of the First Millennium b. C., according to the traditional periodization of the Greek Civilisation - Protogeometric, Geometric, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods - with reference to the historical and geographical coordinates. Students are also capable to use the specific terminology of the discipline when reporting its contents.

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; 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.  

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 through username and password at IOL - Insegnamenti on line  - University of Bologna) and might hand out illustrative materials on specific topics.

First day of Classes: February 4th, 2020

(SCHEDULE: Tuesday-Wednesday 5-7 p.m., Thursday 3-5 p.m., Aula VI, Via Zamboni 38)

Office hours

See the website of Vincenzo Baldoni