In the context of the course the students will
(1) survey the material culture of the Hellenistic world,
(2) study the artefacts and the archaeological sites in combination with the literary sources,
(3) understand the artistic, social and economic background of the Hellenistic material culture,
(4) discuss major monuments of the Hellenistic period,
(5) be able to discuss the intercultural interaction of the Hellenistic period and its impact on the material culture,
(6) practise their skills to present orally and in written their ideas and arguments.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The Hellenistic period covers the time from the reign of Alexander the Great until the Roman conquest of the Ptolemaic kingdom (323-30 BC). This era is noted for the decline of the city-state, the creation of kingdoms in the areas conquered by Alexander and the foundation of new big cities there. Within this framework, the political and cultural life developed and is reflected in various areas of the material culture. The course examines issues related to the blending of the Greek element with the various local traditions at an intellectual and artistic level, the role of the royal authority in the arts, the urban planning, the burial practices, the evolution of architecture, sculpture, pottery production, large-scale painting, metalworking, miniature art, questions on the interpretation of political and social structures and issues of economic and social organisation. In addition, students would have the opportunity to practice and focus on particular topics by visiting archaeological sites and museums.