Greek Art and Archaeology. Athens: Topography and Monuments (advanced seminar in collaboration with the Italian School of Archaeology at Athens)

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Reading Greek and Latin texts


The class focuses on the ancient city of Athens and its main monuments, from the geometric period to the late Antiquity. The Acropolis and the monuments archaeologically attested and recorded by literary sources within the sacred space will be investigated diachronically up to the rediscovery of the area after the independence war against the Ottoman Empire (1821-1832). All the main artistic evidence (statues, pinakes, vases, dedications, sacred buildings) will be discussed by looking at the preserved archaeological records and by reading literary sources, in particular book 1 of Pausanias' Periegesis. An advanced seminar of Athenian topography will be held in collaboration with the Italian School of Archaeology at Athens, at Athens next Spring.

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Approaching the topography of Athens; chronological definition of the urban development and monuments

Riferimenti bibliografici

E. Greco (ed.), Topografia di Atene: sviluppo urbano e monumenti dalle origini al III secolo d.C. Tomo 1. Acropoli. Areopago, tra Acropoli e Pnice. vol. 1,1. Studi di Archeologia e di Topografia di Atene e dell'Attica, 1,1. Pandemos, Paestum 2010.

J.M. Hurwit, The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2004.

M. Meyer, Athena, Goettin von Athen. Kult und Mythos auf der Akropolis bis in klassische Zeit. Phoibos, Wien 2017.

Pausania. Libro della Grecia. I. L'Attica, a cura di D. Musti e L. Beschi. Mondadori, Milano 1982.