On successful conclusion of the course, students should have a view of the prehistoric societies of the Near East, the eastern Mediterranean and Europe diachronically from the palaeolithic to the Early Iron Age.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course introduces students to the prehistoric civilizations around the world since the earliest appearance of men. It focuses on some phenomena of the prehistoric age with particular significance, such as the beginnings of the Neolithic and the first appearance of cities as well as on particular regions such as the eastern Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, the Aegean and the Balkans. The course has the form of independent lectures which are taught and examined by the four lecturers. 1. Introduction. The beginnings and development of the study of World Prehistory. 2. The archaeology of the appearance and development of early humans until the end of the Pleistocene. The Lower, Middle and Upper Palaeolithic: palaeoanthropology, cultural features, habitation, lithics, early art. 3. The Neolithic in the Near East and Central Asia. The beginnings of agriculture and animal husbandry. 4. The Neolithic in the Aegean and Europe. 5. The world in the Bronze Age. The early cities, Mesopotamia and Egypt. The Aegean during the 2nd millennium: Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. The 2nd and early 1st millennium in Europe. 6. The Iron Age Europe. 7. The prehistory of Africa and 8. The prehistory of the New World.
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Εισαγωγή στους πολιτισμούς της προϊστορίας, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 4856, Συγγραφείς: Παπαευθυμίου-Παπάνθιμου Αικατερίνη, ISBN: 960-288-117-8, Εκδόσεις Κων.Σεμελίδης & Υιός Ο.Ε.