Ancient Sources (Material Evidence): Greek Temples (CLA2351)
|Staff||Dr Christopher Siwicki - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
In this module, students will develop knowledge and skills in using and analysing visual and material evidence as a historical source. Students will engage in in-depth thinking into Greek temples and their sanctuaries on the mainland and abroad, with a special focus on architecture, architectural sculpture, cult images and votive offerings. The module considers key issues relating to the organisation of sacred space, the technicalities and decorative features of temples, the representation of gods in image form and the use of mythic narrative in temple decoration.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Describe and evaluate the architectural style, decorative ornament and archaeological context of key Greek temples.
- 2. Demonstrate understanding of ancient religious culture and the role of material objects such as cult images and votive offerings in ritual activity, and relate these to understanding the history of the ancient society.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Use, analyse and evaluate visual and material evidence as a major source for understanding the ancient world.
- 4. Demonstrate academic and library skills as well as an advanced critical ability in assessing published literature
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. Demonstrate independent and group study skills in guided research and presentation of findings
- 6. Demonstrate that you can select and organise relevant material, to present this in connected oral and written form, and to discuss issues in a peer group
- 7. Manage your own time and meet deadlines
Topics may include the development of temple architecture; the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders; the sanctuary of Olympia; ancient theories of architecture; the Parthenon and the Athenian Acropolis; Greek influence on Roman Architecture; the sanctuary at Delphi; and the practical side of building a temple.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||11||Lectures (11 x 1 hours)|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||6||Seminars (4 x 1.5 hour)|
|Guided independent study||133||Private study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Participation in seminar discussions||Within 1 hour seminars||5-6||Verbal feedback|
|Oral presentation||5-10 minutes||5-6||Verbal feedback|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||40||2000 words||1-4, 7||Mark and written comments|
|Exam||60||2 hours||1-4||Mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||Essay||1-4, 7||August ref/def period|
|Exam||Exam||1-4||August ref/def period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Alcock, S. and Osborne, R.: Placing the Gods, 1994.
Dinsmoor, W.B.: The architecture of Ancient Greece, 1950.
Hurwit, J.M.: The Athenian Acropolis: History, mythology and archaeology from the Neolithic era to the present, 1999.
Lawrence, A.W.: Greek architecture, 1983/1996.
Spawforth, A.: The Complete Greek Temples, 2006.
Stewart, A. Greek Sculpture, 1990.
Tomlinson, R.A.: Greek sanctuaries, 1976.
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Classics, Greek, Temples, Sources