Syllabus – CLAS/ARTH 2039

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Current Students: For the most up-to-date syllabus, please refer to your Desire2Learn course shell for CLAS/ARTH 2039.

Required Textbooks

  • Pedley, John Griffiths. Greek Art and Archaeology. 5th ed. Prentice Hall 2011. (ISBN: 978-0205001330)
  • Pomeroy, Sarah et al, Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Culture History. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press 2011. (ISBN: 978-0199846047)


Recommended for Further Study

  • William R. Biers, Archaeology of Greece (1996)
  • J. Pollitt, Art and Experience in Classical Greece (1972)
  • J. Pollitt, Art in the Hellenistic Age (1986)
  • Whitley, The Archaeology of Ancient Greece (2001)

Text for Mythological Reference

Thomas Bulfinch, Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes (2007)


Grade Breakdown

Attendance                                      10%

Reading Quizzes                             15%  (10 multiple choice questions conducted weekly)

Exam I                                              20%

Exam II                                             25%

Exam III (Final)                              30%


Attendance & Assessments

Please be on time, present, and prepared for lecture every week. Attendance is mandatory. You may receive one excused absence over the course of the semester. However, I must be informed of your absence prior to class on the day you intend to be gone. I will not post lectures online (except those designed to be online), so you will be responsible for getting missed notes from your classmates. Reading quizzes will be conducted through D2L. Each quiz has a 10-minute time limit and will be available over a 7-day period. Your lowest 2 quiz scores will be dropped. D2L proctored assessments must be completed within the timeframe provided for submission. No late accommodations will be made. If a technological error occurs when you are taking the assessment, you must email campus OIT for resolution. Technical errors will not be accepted as excuses for late or missing work. Keep in mind that you must save all responses on D2L before submitting. D2L assessments will not be reopened. All assessments are to be completed individually. No group work, cheating, or plagiarism will be tolerated. These actions will result in an automatic F.


Hybrid Format

This course incorporates a hybrid instructional format. What does this mean? The class is not entirely structured for in-class construction, nor is it an online study. It is a hybrid of the two incorporating aspects of both. Lecture will be conducted once a week, and an online component will be required for completion almost every week. This isn’t always a submitted, graded assignment. Often it will be a guided independent study allowing you to dive deeper into the material than time allows in lecture. The benefit to this style is that you only have to schedule one class a week for two hours. Traditionally formatted courses require 2-3 meetings a week for a total of 2 ½ – 3 hours. It also provides the opportunity to study ancient topics that interest you at your own pace. The online component will be conducted through D2L. A variety of assessments and instructional styles will be implemented (i.e. guided readings, study guides, quizzes, videos, recorded lectures, self-guided research, short essays, etc.).


SCHEDULE OF READINGS: (This schedule is subject to change.)


WEEK 1: Paleolithic through the Early Bronze Age: Crete, the Cyclades, and Minoan Palaces

Lecture 1:

Pedley Introduction, Chap. 1

  • Biers Chap. 1
  • Pomeroy Chap. 1                    (Reading Quiz 1)


WEEK 2: Minoan Palaces and Thera // Early Bronze Age Mainland

Lecture 2:

  • Pedley Chap. 2
  • Biers Chap. 2                          (Reading Quiz 2)          


WEEK 3: – Late Bronze Age mainland and the Mycenaean Palaces

Lecture 3:

  • Pedley Chap. 3
  • Biers Chap. 3                           (Reading Quiz 3)




WEEK 5: The Dark Ages & the Geometric Period    (No Reading Quiz)

Lecture 4:

  • Pomeroy Chap. 2
  • Whitley Chap. 5
  • Pedley Chap. 4


WEEK 6: The Ancient Near East, Orientalizing Period, and Greek Polis

Lecture 5:

  • Pedley Chap. 5
  • Pomeroy Chap. 3                     (Reading Quiz 4)


Lecture 6 ONLINE – Archaic Athens

  • Whitley Chap. 6               
  • Pedley Chap. 6                          (Reading Quiz 5)


WEEK 7: Archaic Art & The Period of Transition: Politics and War

Lecture 7:

  • Whitley Chap. 7
  • Pedley Chap. 7

The Greek author Pausanias, describing the statue of Zeus at Olympia

  • Pomeroy Chap. 4-5                   (Reading Quiz 6)




WEEK 9: Classical Architecture

Lecture 8:

  • Watch “Nova: Secrets of the Pantheon” linked on D2L under Week 6 Content
  • Pomeroy Chap. 6
  • Whitley Chap. 8
  • Pedley Chap. 8                            (Reading Quiz 7)


WEEK 10: Classical Athenian Sculpture and Pottery             (No Reading Quiz)

Lecture 9:


WEEK 11: The Fourth Century

Lecture 10:

  • Whitley Chap 13 (p.329-359)
  • Pomeroy Chap. 9
  • Pedley Chap. 9                    (Reading Quiz 8)       


 LECTURE 11 ONLINE: Macedon and the Age of Alexander

Watch “Engineering an Empire: Age of Alexander” linked on D2L under Week 8 Content

  • Pomeroy Chap. 10
  • Pomeroy Chap. 11                 (Reading Quiz 9)


Week 12: The Hellenistic World

Lecture 12:

  • Pomeroy Chap. 12
  • Pollitt Intro to “Art in the Hellenistic Age”
  • Pedley Chap. 10                    (Reading Quiz 10)


Week 13: The Coming of Rome

Lecture 13:

  • No Reading Assignment or Quiz
  • Final Exam Study Guide linked on D2L under Week 13 Content






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