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The Archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean


Admission requirements

  • Admission to the Master Archaeology programme;

  • Students from Classics or Ancient History are very welcome.


This course offers a general overview of the archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean, as well as an in-depth exploration of some key sites, artefacts and (current) debates.

The term ‘Greek Mediterranean’ is meant in the widest sense of the word. We will look at Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Greece itself but also study those parts of the Mediterranean that came into contact with Greek civilisation and were influenced by it during this period.

Through lectures, in-depth discussions of key themes in class, the study of a handbook and thematic readings, this course enables you to familiarise yourself with Greek Archaeology in a theoretically sophisticated way.

Course set-up

The course consists of weekly three-hour sessions. Each meeting will be prepared by obligatory reading materials and assignments. The meetings will combine discussions of these reading materials with presentations by the lecturer(s), and may also include various active learning assignments.

In addition, the students study the handbook autonomously in order to obtain a thorough background knowledge.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean and the most important sites, monuments and artefacts discussed in the literature and lectures;

  • Knowledge of the development, structure and functioning of the Greek world from the Classical to the Roman period;

  • Familiarisation with debates on various aspects of Greek archaeology and the Greek Mediterranean;

  • 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 MyTimetable.
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Mode of instruction

  • Lectures combined with group and plenary discussions;

  • Autonomous study.

Assessment method

  • Written exam (50%);

  • Assignments (40%);

  • Participation in class (10%).

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.

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
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Deadlines for assignments are included in the course syllabus.

Reading list

Handbook: Alcock, S. & Osborne, R. (eds.), Classical Archaeology, 2nd ed. 2012. Oxford. Blackwell-Wiley (This publication is available online through the University Library).

Per meeting there will be one or two chapters/papers to read and discuss. The reading list will be distributed one week prior to the start of the course, via Brightspace.


For lectures, tutorials, and exams, enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.
You are also required to confirm your exam in MyStudymap. No confirmation = no participation!

General information about registration can be found on the Course and Exam Enrolment page.


For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. M.J. (Miguel John) Versluys.


Compulsory attendance.