From the village to the palatial state: aspects of power and prestige in the Aegean in the 3rd and 2nd mill. BC

Course Information
TitleΑπό την κοινότητα στην ανακτορική πολιτεία: όψεις της εξουσίας και δύναμης στο προϊστορικό Αιγαίο της 3ης και 2ης χιλ. / From the village to the palatial state: aspects of power and prestige in the Aegean in the 3rd and 2nd mill. BC
CodeΑΠΡ 717
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015959

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)
The seminar will examine issues related to the emergence and the character of palatial states in the Aegean in the 2nd mill. BC as well as to aspects of social complexity which are preceding in the 3rd millennium. The discussion will cover in particular, thematic topics which are related to the organization of space, the management of death, the role of social mechanisms and practices, of symbolic and ritual activities, the value of iconography and of conspicuous consumption to an ideology of power as well as the contribution of exchange systems and trade networks to the development of complex administration and the emergence of palatial states in the Aegean
social complexity, social practices, central administration, palatial state
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • 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. και G. Nightingale (επιμ.). 2007. KEIMELION: Eliten und elitärer Konsum von der mykenischen Palastzeit bis zur homerischen Epoche. Vienna. Barrett J. C. και P. Halstead (επιμ.). 2004. The Emergence of Civilisation Revisited. SCAA 6. Oxford: Oxbow Monographs Branigan, K. (επιμ.). 2001. Urbanism in the Aegean Bronze Age. SCAA 4. Oxford: Oxbow Monographs. Bretschneider, J., J. Driessen και K. van Lerberghe (επιμ.). 2007. Power and Architecture: Monumental Public Architecture in the Bronze Age Near East and Aegean. Leuven. Cappel, S., Günkel-Maschek, U. και D. Panagiotopoulos (επιμ.). 2015. Minoan Archaeology. Perspectives for the 21st Century. Proceedings of the International PhD and Post-Doc Conference at Heidelberg, 23-27 March 2011. AEGIS 08. Louvain: Presses Universitaires de Louvain Driessen, J., Schoep, I. και R. Laffineur (επιμ.). 2002. Monuments of Minos: Rethinking the Minoan Palaces. Aegaeum 23. Liège: Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory. Galaty, M. L. και W. A. Parkinson (επιμ.). 2007. Rethinking Mycenaean Palaces II. Monographs 60. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. Kilian-DirlmeierI. και M. Egg (επιμ.).1999. Eliten in der Bronzezeit: Ergebnissezweier Colloquien in Mainz und Athen. Mainz. Laffineur,R. και W-D.Niemeier (επιμ.). 1995. POLITEIA: Society and State in the Aegean Bronze Age [Aegaeum 12]. Liège/Austin. Maran J., C. Juwig, H. Schwengel και U. Thaler (επιμ.). 2006. Constructing Power: Architecture and Social Practice. Hamburg. Panagiotopoulos, D. και U.Günkel-Maschek (επιμ). 2012. Minoan Realities. Approaches to Images, Architecture, and Society in the Aegean Bronze Age. AEGIS 05. Louvain: Presses Universitaires de Louvain Rehak P (επιμ.). 1995. The Role of the Ruler in the Prehistoric Aegean [Aegaeum 11]. Liège/Austin 1995. Touchais, G., A. Philippa-Touchais, S. Voutsaki και J. Wright (επιμ.). 2010. MESOHELLADIKA: The Greek Mainland in the Middle Bronze Age. Proceedings of a Conference held in Athens, 8-12 March 2006, 781-801. Bulletin de Correspondence Hellénique Suppl. 52 Voutsaki, S. και J. T. Killen (επιμ.). 2001. Economy and Politics in the Mycenaean Palace States. Cambridge: Cambridge Philological Society. Wright, J. C. 2008. (επιμ.), The Mycenaean Feast. Princeton: American School of Classical Studies.
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