CL 17A - Introduction to Greek Archaeology                             


Professor: Kim Shelton

Place: 219 Dwinelle Hall 


Day/Time: TTH 9:30-11

Office: 7209 Dwinelle Hall

Office Hours: TTh  11:00-12:15 and by appointment

GSI: Maribelisa Gillespie

Office: 7227 Dwinelle Hall

Office Hours: W 2:00-4:00pm and by appointment

Course Description:

This course is intended as an in-depth introduction to the material culture of the Ancient Greeks. We will examine and discuss the architecture, sculpture, painting, and ceramics of the various periods chronologically from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic period, and will examine how archaeologists and art historians interpret this evidence. One goal of the course is to understand the technical and artistic development and changes in the artifacts and their characteristic styles while gaining deeper insight into the civilization that produced them through an understanding of how the wider social and economic context conditioned and were affected by these accomplishments.

Famous monuments and sites (the Shaft Graves of Mycenae, the Panhellenic Sanctuaries of Olympia and Delphi, the Acropolis of Athens) will be examined in detail together with many new discoveries “fresh out of the ground”. This material will be presented through illustrated lectures and readings.


Grades will be based on three exams (20% each) consisting of short answers, essays and slide identifications and a term project (20%) due December 1st. You are responsible for all material presented in the class lectures (especially slide images) and in the reading assignments. Make-up tests will be possible only for genuine emergencies and must be arranged in advance. Deadlines that conflict with athletic or other academic obligations and religious holidays should be brought to my attention with written documentation at least 14 days in advance for other arrangements to be made. The remaining 20% of the final grade is based on attendance, participation and assignments in discussion section. “Extra credit” assignments will NOT be available at any point during the semester. To receive credit on a P/NP basis, you must complete all assignments and achieve a final average of at least 70%.

Required Text:

M. Stansbury-O’Donnell, A History of Greek Art (2015) [available in the ASUC bookstore]

Additional Readings:
Additional required readings will be posted on the course bCourses site as .pdf documents. It is your responsibility to let me know if there are issues accessing the website/s or individual documents.



modified 5/12/16