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Greek Art

1. Introduction

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This module provides a basic framework with which one can approach the art and architecture of the Greek world. In particular, it outlines the formal and historical approaches to art, and provides a basic introduction to the geography of the Greek world (the location of Athens in relation to the Panhellenic sanctuaries at Delphi and Olympia) as well as an outline to the basic chronology, from Archaic Greece (c. 700 - 480 BC) to Classical (480 - 323 BC) and then to Hellenistic (323 - 31 BC)


In this course, we explore the art and architecture of the Greek world, looking in particular at free-standing sculpture (both Archaic and Classical), architectural sculpture, vase painting, and temple architecture. Within each of these categories, we explore issues of style, composition and techniques, the various functions of art and architecture, and general themes.


Professor Smith received her degrees from Yale (PhD, MPhil, MA) and Dartmouth (BA), and was also educated at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, and the American Numismatic Society, and studied German at the Herder Institute, Leipzig. Before her appointment at Reading she lectured at Tufts University, Boston College, and the Massachusetts College of Art. She has also worked as an editor (Perseus Project; American Journal of Archaeology) and as curatorial assistant at the Yale University Art Gallery. She has excavated at the American School of Classical Studies' excavations in Greece (Athens' Agora and Corinth) and Spain (Pollentia, Alcudia, Majorca).

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Smith, A. (2018, August 15). Greek Art - Introduction [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Smith, Amy. "Greek Art – Introduction." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,