Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004613

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Istorías kai Archaiologías 2015-2019

Registered students: 11
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-7
ARCΗAIOLOGIAS KAI ISTORIAS TĪS TECΗNĪSCompulsory Module CoursesWinter/Spring-6
ISTORIASCompulsory Course117

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
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)
General Prerequisites
It is required to have passed AKL 101.
Learning Outcomes
-Τo give a comprehensive and documented knowledge of pottery production from the early Iron Age up to the classical period with emphasis on some of the most important ceramic workshops of Greece. - Το emphasize their major contribution to the development of ceramic technology and iconography in general. - Τo demonstrate the importance of pottery finds in many areas of archaeological research (dating, trade-economy, cult, funeral rites etc.). - Τo familiarize students with the numerous categories of pottery from different workshops, many of which are encountered in excavations and museum collections.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Design and manage projects
  • 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)
Main objective of this course is to discuss various topics of ancient Greek painted and related pottery. As an introduction we shall examine different aspects concerning organization and production terms in the ancient ceramic workshops, based on material evidence, vase-representations and written sources. Next we will study the most important decoration techniques and the most characteristic vase-shapes during the geometric, archaic and classical periods, with emphasis given to the ceramic production from Athens and Corinth (protogeometric and geometric, protoattic and protocorinthian, black- and red-figure, black-glaze vases) but also with references to other regional workshops (Euboea, Argos, Cyclades, Laconia, Boeotia, East Greece). We will focus on some significant potters and painters, on the distribution of their vases and the influence that their work had on other contemporary ceramic centers. We shall also examine some iconographic subjects as well issues on chronology, finding places, dissemination and evaluation of Greek pottery, esp. of the decorated categories.
pottery, vase-painting, black-figure style, red-figure style, iconography, trade of vases, white vases, ceramic workshops
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Lectures with two kinds of visual material in powerpoint
Course Organization
Reading Assigment142.54.8
Student Assessment
Written exam 100% at the end of the Semester, which requires from the students to recognize, describe in detail, comment and compare various issues related to the production, technology, use, imagery and dissemination/trade of ancient greek vases.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • commentary on images
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
J. Boardman, Η ιστορία των αρχαίων ελληνικών αγγείων (ελλην. μετάφρ. 2004). I. Scheibler, Ελληνική κεραμική. Παραγωγή, εμπόριο και χρήση των αρχαίων ελληνικών αγγείων (ελλην. μετάφρ. 1992).
Additional bibliography for study
R.M. Cook, Ελληνική αγγειογραφία (ελλην. μετάφρ. 31994). T. Rasmussen - N. Spivey (επιμ.), Προσεκτικές ματιές στα ελληνικά αγγεία (ελλην. μετάφρ. 1997). B.A. Sparkes, Greek Pottery: An Introduction (1991). B.A. Sparkes, Το ερυθρόν και το μέλαν. Μελέτες στην αρχαία ελληνική κεραμική (ελλην. μετάφρ. 2000). Μ. Τιβέριος, Eλληνική τέχνη. Αρχαία αγγεία (1996).
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