This seminar will focus on ancient Athens, the most renowned ancient city in the world: the cradle of democracy and birthplace of rhetoric, philosophy, historiography, drama and theater, classical art and architecture (5th/4th centuries BC), and home of the first modern Olympic Games (AD 1896). The course aims to familiarize the students with the long history and complex archaeology of Athens. Topics include in-depth analysis of major architectural complexes and public monuments, with special emphasis on the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the Athenian Agora, Areopagus, and Pnyx; Athenian temple architecture and important Attic sanctuaries; public works and buildings; domestic architecture; cemeteries and funerary architecture. Athenian sculpture, ceramics, and painting will be also examined (materials and techniques, iconography and styles, Athenian masters and their schools). The seminar will produce a reconstruction of public, civic, and private everyday life, religious festivals, function of public buildings and democratic institutions, art and politics, historical contextualization of the Athenian miracle and its golden age with special consideration of ancient literary sources (including inscriptions and translated readings from Pausanias, Thucydides, Aristotle, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plutarch).
The Topography and Monuments of Ancient Athens
Christofilis Maggidis, Heidi Dierckx