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Greek sculpture in context


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

Admission to the MA-programme.


This course will present the student with the available evidence for the development of Greek architectural, dedicatory and sepulchral sculpture from Archaic to Hellenistic times. Modes of analysis will be taught and lead into insights obtained from statues and reliefs for contemporary social, politic and economic structures as well as the mind-world of artists and viewers.

Learning outcomes

The student will learn and practise how to undertake formal analysis of a Greek art form, as well as to combine archaeological and iconographic sources in order to gain insights into various cultural structures and developments.

Mode of delivery



  • Four weekly 500-word articles;

  • One 2,000-3,000-word essay.

Reading list

  • A.A. Donohue, Greek Sculpture and the Problem of Description. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press (2005);

  • M.D. Fullerton, Greek Art. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2000);

  • N. Himmelmann-Wildschütz, Reading Greek Art. Essays. Princeton: Princeton University Press (1998);

  • J.M. Hurwit, The Athenian Acropolis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1992);

  • C. Sourvinou-Inwood, ‘Reading’ Greek Death: To the End of the Classical Period. Oxford: Oxford University Press (1999);

  • N. Spivey, Greek Art. London: Phaidon Press (1997);

  • A. Stewart, Art, Desire and the Body in Ancient Greece. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1997);

  • J. Tanner, The Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece: Religion, Society and Artistic Rationalisation. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press (2006).

Time schedule

Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.