Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004611

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Pass of the AKL 101 module is imperative.
Learning Outcomes
To get familiar with he main characteristics of the Archaic and Classical architecture and the most important buildings of these periods in Greece, Asia Minor, South Italy and Sicily. Critical use of the bibliography.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
The objective of the course is the understanding of the development of architecture, the circumstances that encouraged the creation of monumental architecture and its function, as well as the study of construction methods and the architectural styles and orders of the Archaic and Classical periods within their social context. For the better understanding of the subject, the nomenclature is presented, whereas the architectural styles and the ancient Greek building materials are examined. In addition, the examination of the construction of fortifications and private houses, as well as the planning of the cities provides a more complete perception of the function of ancient Greek architectural monuments, both public and private ones. Students are encouraged to present questions concerning the lessons either during the lecture or privately to the lecture’s office. Week #1 Description of the ancient Greek architecture and the methods employed for its study. The aims and structure of the module are outlined. A brief summary of the course is presented, as well as an analysis of the individual periods examined in the module and the important historical events that define them. Week #2 Examination of the distinctive architectural parts and their nomenclature. Slides, drawings and copies of architectural parts are used. In addition, the use of construction materials are examined, such as clay, wood, stone, metal and plaster. Week #3 The origins of Greek architecture are presented in bief and the beginning of monumental architecture is further analyzed. Specific examples are given. Week #4 The types of ancient Greek town planning, fortifications and private houses are presented. Passages of ancient literature are red and annotated. Week #5 The characteristics and development of the Doric Order are examined, as well as the most important monuments of the early Archaic period. Week#6 Examination of the Doric temples of the Archaic and Classical periods. Week #7 Examination of the typical Doric structures of Attica with emphasis on the monuments of the Acropolis and the Athenian Agora. Week #8 Presentation of the development of the Ionic Order, its differentiation from the Doric Order and analysis of the main Ionic monuments of the Archaic period. Week #9 Examination of the Ionic Order during the Classical period with an emphasis on the architecture of Ionic temples. Week #10 Description of the Corinthian Order and comparison with the Doric and Ionic styles. Ancient written sources, pictures and drawings of the principal Corinthian monuments are used. Week #11 Examination of altars and treasuries. Analysis of their function. Week #12 Analysis of the distinctive elements of the tholoi, of stoic buildings and fountains and presentation of the surviving buildings. Week #13 Examination of the architectural structure of theaters, stadia and gymnasia, their distinctive elements and their function. Summary of the module. Instructions concerning the exams.
Ancient Greek Architecture, Archaic period, Classical period
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Teaching takes the form of lectures with simultaneous Power Point presentations.
Course Organization
Student Assessment
The course comprises of either written or oral examination, same to all, unless legally exempted.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Mueller-Wiener W. H Αρχιτεκτονική στην Αρχαία Ελλάδα(μετάφραση Μπ. Σμιτ-Δούνα) θεσσαλονίκη 1995. Gruben G. Ιερά και ναοί της Αρχαίας Ελλάδος,(μετάφραση Δ. Ακτσελή) Αθήνα 2000
Additional bibliography for study
Dinsmoor W. B. The Architecture of Ancient Greece. Λονδίνο 1950 (στα Αγγλικά). Lawrence A.W., Greek Architecture, Middlesex, N.York 19834. Μπούρα Χ. Μαθήματα Ιστορίας της Αρχιτεκτονικής. Αθήνα 1980. Ορλάνδου Α. Τα υλικά δομής των Αρχαίων Ελλήνων, τόμ. Ι-ΙΙ, Αθήνα 1955-1958. M.-Chr. Hellmann, Η αρχαία ελληνική αρχιτεκτονική (2003).
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