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Semester 1

Piecing Together the Cultural Fragments of Ionia (Archaic Period) (CACA10049)

Subject

Classical Art/Classical Archaeology

College

CAHSS

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

3

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

Visiting students must have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Ancient History or Classical Art/Archaeology) at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year Classics courses are very popular and have strict visiting student quotas, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces. Students cannot take this course alongside Greek Art and Archaeology (CACA08012).

Course Summary

Based on the examination of archaeological evidence this course will familiarise students with the cultural achievements of the Ionian cities during the archaic period, including but not limited to, the emergence of city coinage, the erection of monumental temples, innovation in arts and crafts, as well as particular local social and religious customs.

Course Description

This course will focus on the art and archaeology of Ionia during the archaic era, the period between the late 8th century until the defeat of the Greek fleet at the island of Lade and the destruction of Miletus by the Persian army in 494 BCE. With settlements distributed along the west coast of Asia Minor (mod. Turkey) from Phokaia in the north to Miletus in the south and the islands of Chios and Samos (mod. Greece), this area was a thriving and expanding economic powerhouse during the archaic period with a considerable archaeological and historical imprint. Ionia and in particular the city of Miletus is considered the birthplace of natural philosophy, with its intellectuals and craftsmen recognised beyond the borders of their homeland. The Greek cities maintained far-reaching contacts that encompassed the entire Mediterranean World while, at the same time, paying tribute to the Lydian and later Persian empire. Based on the examination of archaeological evidence this course will familiarise students with the cultural achievements of the Ionian cities, including but not limited to, the emergence of city coinage, the erection of monumental temples, innovation in arts and crafts, as well as particular local social and religious customs.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 50%, Coursework 50%, Practical Exam 0%

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