Aegean societies in the 3rd and 2nd mill. BC: major problems and current debates

Course Information
TitleΟι κοινωνίες του Αιγαίου στην 3η και 2η χιλ. π.Χ.: κύρια ερωτήματα και ερμηνευτικές προσεγγίσεις / Aegean societies in the 3rd and 2nd mill. BC: major problems and current debates
CodeΑΠΡ 716
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015957

Programme of Study: PMS stīn Archaiología, Téchnī kai Politismó

Registered students: 4
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Proïstorikī ArchaiologíaCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
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 current problems and debates in the formation of Aegean societies in the 3rd and 2nd mill. BC. In particular, themes which will be extensively discussed include: the passage from Neolithic sharing to the EBA independent household, the emergence of social complexity in the Early Bronze Age and the dominant role of the Cyclades in the exchange networks of the Aegean, the formation of the Middle Helladic societies in the Greek mainland and the emergence of local leaderships in the early Mycenaean period, the role of trading systems in the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean as well as the interaction of the Aegean with their neigbors, the modern interepretative approaches to the emergence of 'foreign' cultural features in the formation of local communities, e.g. minoanisation, mycenaeanization.
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
Burns, B. E. 2010. Mycenaean Greece, Mediterraean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity. Cambridge. Gauß, W., M. Lindblom, R. A. K. Smith, and J. C. Wright (eds) 2011. Our Cups Are Full: Pottery and Society in the Aegean Bronze Age. Papers Presented to Jeremy B. Rutter on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday, Gorogianni, Ε., Pavúk, P and L. Girella (eds) 2016. Beyond Thalassocracies. Understanding Processes of Minoanisation and Mycenaeanisation in the Aegean. Oxford. Kiriatzi, E. and C. Knappett (eds.) 2016. Human Mobility and Technological Transfer in the Prehistoric Mediterranean, British School at Athens Studies in Greek Antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Maran, J. and P. W. Stockhammer (eds.), 2012. Materiality and Social Practice: Transformative Capacities of Intercultural Encounters. Oxford. Molloy, B. P. C. (ed.) 2016. Of Odysseys and Oddities: Scales and modes of interaction between prehistoric Aegean societies and their neighbors. Oxford: Oxbow Monographs Pernicka, E., Ünlüsoy, S., and S. W. E. Blum (eds.) 2016. Early Bronze Age Troy: Chronology, Cultural Development and Interregional Contacts. Proceedings of an International Conference held at the University of Tübingen, May 8-10, 2009, Studia Troica Monographien 8, Bonn: Verlag Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH. Philippa-Touchais, A., G., Touchais, S., Voutsaki, and J. Wright (eds.) 2010. Mesohelladika. Μεσοελλαδικά: La Grèce continentale au Bronze Moyen. Η ηπειρωτική Ελλάδα στη Μέση εποχή του Χαλκού. The Greek Mainland in the Middle Bronze Age. Actes du colloque international organisé par l'École française d'Athènes, en collaboration avec l'American School of Classical Studies at Athens et le Netherlands Institute in Athens, Athènes, 8-12 mars 2006, BCH Suppl. 52, Athènes: École française d'Athènes. Pullen, D. J. (ed.). 2010. Political Economies of the Aegean Bronze Age. Oxford. Schoep, I., P. Tomkins, and J. Driessen (eds.). 2012. Back to the Beginning: Reassessing Social and Political Complexity on Crete during the Early and Middle Bronze Age, Oxford and Oakville: Oxbow Books. Stampolidis, N. Chr., Çiğdem, M. and K. Kopanias (eds.) 2014. Nostoi: Indigenous Culture, Migration and Integration in the Aegean Islands and Western Anatolia during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages, Archaeology 58, Istanbul: Koç University Press. Vianello, A. (ed.) 2011. Exotica in the Prehistoric Mediterranean, Oxford and Oakville: Oxbow Books. Wiersma, C. 2014. Building the Bronze Age: Architectural and Social Change on the Greek Mainland during Early Helladic III, Middle Helladic and Late Helladic I,. Oxford: Archaeopress.
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