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The Archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean



Bachelor year 2.

Admission requirements

This is a seminar with a limited amount of participants (20 students), for Archaeology students exclusively.


This lecture series offers both an overview of the archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean through study of the handbook Antiquity. Greeks and Romans in Context, and in-depth discussion of key themes in class. These key themes will be selected in accordance with the expertise of the new Byvanck fellow, and will probably concern Greek art and architecture.

Apart from gaining a basic knowledge of Greek archaeology from a Mediterranean perspective, this class invites you to form your own opinion about various current debates in Greek archaeology.
Each week we will focus on a different aspect of the Greek world, touching upon various and diverse categories of material culture and discussing different theoretical debates. You will prepare for each meeting through obligatory reading materials. The meetings will combine discussions of these reading materials with lectures, and may also include various active learning assignments.

Set-up of the course

The course consists of weekly 2-hour sessions, prepared by thematic reading. The sessions combine discussion of these readings with lectures - and may also include active learning assignments. In addition, the students study the handbook readings autonomously.

Course objectives

  • Basic knowledge of the archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean and the most important sites discussed in the literature and lectures;

  • Knowledge of the development, structure and functioning of the Greek world;

  • Familiarisation with debates on various aspects of Greek archaeology;

  • Ability to analyse, summarise and critically comment on academic articles on these topics;

  • Ability to form a critical and well-argued view on the debates mentioned above.


Course schedule details can be found in the BA2 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures and tutorials;

  • Autonomous study.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 24 hours of seminars (1,5 ec);

  • 350 pages of literature (2,5 ec);

  • Assignments (1 ec).

Assessment method

  • Written exam (80%);

  • Assignments (20%).

Following Faculty policy, the student should obtain at least a 5.0 for both the assignments and the exam, and a final grade of at least 5.5 to pass. If a retake is required, only the written exam can be retaken.

All exam dates (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the BA2 examination schedule.
Deadlines for assignments are included in the course syllabus.

Reading list

Naerebout, F. & Singor, H., 2014. Antiquity. Greeks and Romans in Context. Wiley Blackwell.

Per meeting there will be 1 or 2 chapters/papers to read. The reading list will be distributed 2 weeks prior to the start of the class. Make sure you are registered for this Brightspace module in time.


Registration via uSis is mandatory.

  • The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).

  • BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.

  • Start registration for the BA2 seminars:
    Series 1: 16 September 2019, 07:00 hrs
    Series 2: 13 January 2020, 07:00 hrs
    Series 3: 24 February 2020, 07:00 hrs

  • The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. M. (Michael) Kerschner.


Compulsory attendance.