Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
Room share: Classics 172
This course is an introductory overview of the ancient civilizations of the Bronze Age (3000-1100 BCE) Aegean: Crete, the Cyclades, Mainland Greece, and Western Anatolia. It is intended to expose you to the sites, monuments, art, and artifacts of these cultures and to understand the way a variety of evidence is used to reconstruct history. The evocative, yet still enigmatic remains of palaces and funerary complexes, frescoes and vase-paintings, and precious worked objects will be closely examined in terms of their forms and cultural contexts. Emphasis will also be placed on comparison of the cultures and their material evidence to see how each evolved, to define similarities and differences, and most importantly, to examine the possible influence from cultural exchange, including the place of prehistoric Greece in the international world of the eastern Mediterranean.
The golden age of kings and heroes, about whom Greek poets like Homer sang, seemed all but lost in the mists of time until the spades of Heinrich Schliemann and Arthur Evans began uncovering the vast palaces at Mycenae and Knossos at the end of the nineteenth century. Since then, the quantity of excavated remains has grown enormously, revealing over 2000 years of sophisticated and wealthy early civilizations.