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Greek sculpture in context


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Degree students (including Dutch BA graduates): BA degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or a relevant discipline.

SAP and Exchange Students: BA degree. Admission only after formal application.


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.


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Course objectives

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.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;

  • 280 pages of literature;

  • Paper.


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

Mode of instruction

Lecture course with active participation.

Assessment method

  • 4 weekly 500-word articles (50%);

  • Final 2,000-3,000 word-essay (50%).

Assessment deadline

  • The 4 weekly essays should be handed in by respectively 19 September, 26 September, 3 October and 10 October;

  • The deadline for the final essay is 26 October 2012.

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).


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

For more information about this course, please contact mw prof. dr N. Sojc.