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Ancient sculpture in context


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master of Archaeology programme.


This course will present students with the available evidence about the development of Greek and Roman art, from the Archaic period to late Antiquity. The modes of analysis which will be taught will lead to insights, obtained from “art”, about contemporary social, political and economic structures as well as the worldview of artists and viewers.

Various theoretical and methodological approaches will be discussed critically in class (e.g. object biography, art & agency) and todays’ relevance of these objects taken into account, such as their museum context, their attraction for modern day viewers and their socio-economic value.

Course objectives

Students will learn and practise how to undertake a formal analysis of ancient art, as well as to combine archaeological and iconographic sources in order to gain insights into various cultural structures and developments.
Exiting perspectives onto the topic will be questioned and the function of the approach within the methodological apparatus of the discipline will be critically reassessed.

Ects distribution

  • 14 hours of lecture;

  • 200 pages of literature;

  • 3 articles of 500 words each;

  • 2,000-3,000 word essay;

  • Museum visit.


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

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture;

  • Individual tutorial.

Assessment method

  • 3 articles of 500 words each;

  • 2,000-3,000 word essay.

Assessment deadline

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

To be announced.


Register for this course via uSis.
Instructions for registration can be found in the uSis manual.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

To be announced.