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CLAS108 Classical Art and Archaeology: Of Heroes, Gods and Men

An introductory study of Classical art and archaeology, examining both the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

This paper explores the art and archaeology of Classical Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age (Minoans and Mycenaeans) to the late Roman empire (fifth century CE). It studies the crowning achievements of Graeco-Roman material culture, from the labyrinthine Palace of King Minos on Crete to the spectacular Colosseum of Imperial Rome and the ruins of ancient Pompeii. These physical remains and their cultural context also provide a backdrop for a consideration of the legacy of Classical civilization and a fuller understanding of our own world through study of life in Classical times.

Paper title Classical Art and Archaeology: Of Heroes, Gods and Men
Paper code CLAS108
Subject Classical Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Dan Osland
Paper Structure
Two 50-minute lectures per week, each focusing on a particular subject in the field of classical archaeology, arranged on a chronological basis.
Bi-weekly tutorials, each emphasising some particular aspect of archaeological research and the associated interpretative activities.
Internal Assessment 50%

W. Biers The Archaeology of Greece (Ithaca: Cornell 1996). Second edition.

S. Tuck A History of Roman Art (Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell 2015).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Know the major geographical areas of the Greek and Roman world and the cultures associated with them and understand the relevant chronological framework
  • Recognise the major styles of architecture, sculpture, pottery and painting
  • Be able to discuss the significance of selected major sites, structures and objects
  • Be aware of some of the problems involved in archaeological interpretation and in the ways we attempt to reconstruct the Greek and Roman past

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16-22
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A2 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 20, 22
A3 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 20, 22
A4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 20, 22