Classical Archaeology:Architecture and Town Planning

Course Information
TitleΚΛΑΣΙΚΗ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ: ΑΡΧΙΤΕΚΤΟΝΙΚΗ ΚΑΙ ΠΟΛΕΟΔΟΜΙΑ / Classical Archaeology:Architecture and Town Planning
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600019196

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Istorías kai Archaiologías 2020-2021

Registered students: 104
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΑΡΧ151 Introduction to Archaeological Studies
General Prerequisites
It is recommmended that the course ACL151 must have been successfully completed.
Learning Outcomes
In the context of the course the students will (1) become familiar with the main characteristics of ancient Greek architecture (2) possess specialized knowledge on the most important buildings of Classical antiquity (3) be able to use and assess the relevant bibliography (4) be able to answer specialized questions within the specific topic, involving both the acquisition of knowledge and critical thinking
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Architectural remains constitute one of the most impressive categories of archaeological material reflecting the range of activities in ancient societies to shape the environment. The course presents the basic terms and concepts of ancient Greek architecture and examines the space planning, the architectural creations and the function of various types of buildings during the Archaic and Classical periods. With references to characteristic monuments, the lectures will concentrate on the organisation of space in the ancient Greek city, planning and completion of building projects, materials and types of masonry, decoration of buildings, evolution of the architectural orders, basic building typologies (such as temples, altars, propyla, stoas, theatres, bouleuteria, stadia, gymnasia, fortifications, houses, funerary structures, etc.) and their function in the public and private life of ancient Greeks.
Classical Archaeology, ancient Greece, architecture, spatial planning
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Both power-point and the AUTH e-leaning platform are used. Communication through emails.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment140
Student Assessment
Oral exams: 100%. The aim of the examination is to determine whether the students know and comprehend information by commenting on images and forming opinions. For this reason, attendance –though not compulsory- is considered necessary.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Gruben, G. 2000. Ιερά και ναοί της αρχαίας Ελλάδας [τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: Heiligtumer und Tempel der Griechen], μετ. Δ. Ακτσελή, Αθήνα. Hellmann, M.-C. 2003. H αρχαία ελληνική αρχιτεκτονική [τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: L'architecture grecque], μετ. Μ. Λεβεντοπούλου, Αθήνα. Muller-Wiener, W. 1995. Η αρχιτεκτονική στην αρχαία Ελλάδα [τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: Griechisches Bauwesen in der Antike], μετ. B. Smith-Δούνα, Θεσσαλονίκη.
Additional bibliography for study
Barletta, B.A. 2001. The Origins of the Greek Architectural Orders, Cambridge. Dinsmoor, W.B. 1989. The Architecture of Ancient Greece: Αn Account of its Historic Development. London. Jenkins, I. 2006. Greek Architecture and its Sculpture in the British Museum. London. Κορρές, Μ. 1993. Aπό την Πεντέλη στον Παρθενώνα. Αθήνα. Μαστραπάς, Α. 1994. Ελληνική αρχιτεκτονική από τους πρώιμους ιστορικούς χρόνους μέχρι τη ρωμαιοκρατία. Αθήνα. Mπούρας, X. 1999. Μαθήματα ιστορίας της αρχιτεκτονικής. Αθήνα. Ορλάνδος, A. K. 1994. Τα υλικά δομής των αρχαίων Eλλήνων και οι τρόποι εφαρμογής αυτών κατά τους συγγραφείς, τας επιγραφάς και τα μνημεία. Αθήνα. Ορλάνδος Α.Κ. – Τραυλός, Ι. 1986. Λεξικόν αρχαίων αρχιτεκτονικών όρων, Αθήνα. Spawforth, T. 2006. Αρχαίοι ελληνικοί ναοί [τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: The Complete Greek Temples]. Μετ. Μ. Μαχαίρα. Αθήνα. Walter-Καρύδη, Ε. Το ελληνικό σπίτι. Ο εξευγενισμός της κατοικίας στα υστεροκλασικά χρόνια, Αθήνα 1996.
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