Social and ritual practices in the prehistoric Aegean

Course Information
TitleΚοινωνικές και τελετουργικές πρακτικές στο προϊστορικό Αιγαίο / Social and ritual practices in the prehistoric Aegean
CodeΑΠΡ 706
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015926

Programme of Study: PMS stīn Archaiología, Téchnī kai Politismó

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Proïstorikī ArchaiologíaCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students who attend the course are expected • to familiarize themselves with the relative bibliography and the ways of searching articles on the specific topic of the seminar • to participate in the contemporary discussion on the thematic of the seminar • to comprehend the theoretical approaches and arguments relative to specific themes • to develop special skills and get trained to the methodological tools which will enrich them with the ability to present orally and in written form their ideas
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This seminar will discuss different aspects of social practices, ritual performances and other mechanisms which participate in the formation of ideology and perceptions of the Aegean prehistoric communities.Various issues with regard to the material culture, the organization of the private and public space as well as the landscape underline the significant relationship of humans with symbols, artefacts kai ideologies which would contribute eventually to the formation of cult, ideas, symbolic systems, myths and cosmological perceptions developing already in the Neolithic Aegean. Communal consumption of food and drink, feasting and celebration events, ritual performances, bodily experiences and acts requesting the involvement of the senses and the body as well as iconographic representations of the landscape and the humans (figurines, golden signets, frescoes etc) contribute to a fluid picture of continuous negotiations of identities, roles and ideas within the Aegean prehistoric communities. The primary aim of the seminar will be the reconstruction of the social and ritual practices, the definition of the character and intensity as well as the extense of their effect to the formation of social organization and complexity in the prehistoric Aegean.
social and ritual practices, cult, ideology, symbols, communal gatherings, feasting, ritual performance
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Selected bibliography
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment963.2
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities602
Written assigments1204
Student Assessment
Students will have to study and present weekly selected articles from the Greek or foreign literature in order to develop in a critical way their arguments and get involved in a thorough discussion. In addition, students will have to prepare the oral presentation of a topic which will be selected from a proposed list and will be submitted in written form by the end of the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Alram-Stern, E., F. Blakolmer, S. Deger-Jalkotzy, R. Laffineur και J. Weilhartner (επιμ.) 2016. Metaphysis: Ritual, Myth and Symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 15th International Aegean Conference, Vienna, Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, Aegean and Anatolia Department, Austrian Academy of Sciences and Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Vienna, 22-25 April 2014. D'Agata, Α.L. και A. Van de Moortel (επιμ.) 2009. Archaeologies of Cult: Essays on Ritual and Cult in Crete in Honor of Geraldine C. Gesell, Hesperia Supplement 42, Princeton: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Ekroth, G. και J. Wallensten (επιμ.) 2013. Bones, behaviour and belief: The zooarchaeological evidence as a source for ritual practice in ancient Greece and beyond. ActaAth 4°, 55, Stockholm: Svenska Institutet i Athen. Harrell, K. και J. Driessen (επιμ.) 2015. Thravsma: Contextualising the Intentional Destruction of Objects in the Bronze Age Aegean and Cyprus, Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain. Hitchcock, L. A., R. Laffineur και J. Crowley (επιμ.) 2008. Dais: The Aegean Feast. Proceedings of the 12th International Aegean Conference / 12e Rencontre égéenne internationale, University of Melbourne, Centre for Classics and Archaeology, 25-29 March 2008, Aegaeum 29, Liège and Austin: Université de Liège, Histoire de l’art et archéologie de la Grèce antique and University of Texas at Austin, Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory. Insoll, Τ. (επιμ.) 2011. Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Kyriakidis, Ε. (επιμ.) 2007. The Archaeology of Ritual. Cotsen Advanced Seminars 3, Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Laffineur, R. και R Hägg (επιμ.) 2001. Potnia: Deities and Religion in the Aegean Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 8th International Aegean Conference / 8e Rencontre égéenne internationale. Göteborg, Göteborg University, 12-15 April 2000. Liège: Université de Liège. Aegaeum 22. Maran, J. και P. W. Stockhammer (επιμ.) 2012. Materiality and Social Practice: Transformative Capacities of Intercultural Encounters. Oxford and Oakville: Oxbow Books. Mavridis, F και J. T. Jensen (επιμ.) 2013. Stable Places and Changing Perceptions: Cave Archaeology in Greece, BAR-IS 2558, Oxford: Archaeopress. Moyes, Η. (επιμ.) 2012. Sacred Darkness: A Global Perspective on the Ritual Use of Caves. Boulder: University Press of Colorado. Pappa, Μ., P. Halstead, K. Kotsakis και D. Urem-Kotsou. 2004. Evidence for Large-scale Feasting at Late Neolithic Makriyalos, Northern Greece. Στο Halstead, P. και J. C. Barrett (επιμ.), Food, Cuisine and Society in Prehistoric Greece, 16-44. Oxford, Oxbow Books, Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology 5. Wright, J. C. (επιμ.) 2004. The Mycenaean Feast. Princeton, New Jersey, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens,
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