Prehistoric Aegean Art and Archaeology

(Spring semester) A general introduction to the art and archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean, including the Neolithic, Cycladic, NE Aegean and Trojan, Minoan, Helladic and Mycenaean civilizations, with consideration of both the Aegean sites and the Minoan/Mycenaean trade-posts and colonies in Asia Minor, Cyprus, the Levant, Palestine and Egypt. A survey of architecture (palatial, secular, temple and funerary), pottery, sculpture, frescoes, seal-stones, metalwork (metallic vases, weapons, jewelry), stone- and ivory-carving in class and museum field trips; comparative study of typological, iconographical, stylistic, and technical aspects and developments. Cultural contextualization and consideration of the historical framework, socio-economic, political and administrative context, writing and religion. Major interpretative issues and problems in Aegean Prehistory, including relative and absolute chronology, emergence and formation process, collapse and fall of the Minoan palaces and the Mycenaean citadels, spatial definition and multiple function of the palatial networks, military power and expansionism, international dynamics and contacts. Evaluation of the Prehistoric Aegean legacy and its contribution to ancient Greek and modern western civilization.

Adrianos Psychas & Heidi Dierckx
Course Code: 
ARCH 103