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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Classical Art and Archaeology: Of Heroes, Gods and Men
    Subject Classical Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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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.


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

    S. Tuck A History of Roman Art (Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell 2021). Second edition.

    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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22
    A2 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22
    A3 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22
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