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Ancient Greek Art: On-Demand Online Course

Join our online Ancient Greek Art course and fuel your passion for this influential ancient civilisation.

Ancient Greek Art - Introduction

Do you have a keen interest in ancient civilisations and their continuing influence on art? Join us on our Ancient Greek Art online course and journey back in history. You’ll examine the many different art forms from ancient Greece including vases, paintings and sculptures and appreciate the extent of its continuing influence on creatives today not just in art but many other disciplines including architecture. This online course is ideal preparation if you are thinking of studying art, classics, or ancient history at university or just have an interest in Art and ancient Greece.

Join our On Demand Ancient Greek Art course and fuel your passion for this influential ancient civilisation.

Ancient Greek Art

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Course Summary

The legacy of the ancient Greeks is still as strong today as it ever was, and no more so than in the area of art. The art of ancient Greece has inspired many artists – painters, poets, potters, sculptors, architects, and more – over the centuries, and is still admired by connoisseurs today for its beauty, intricacy, and for the reflection it offers of the people who created it.

Yet the topic of ‘ancient Greek Art’ is as broad as the period of the ancient Greeks itself, a period that spans not only time but also place, and which saw many separate peoples and regions flourish throughout the Greek and Mediterranean world. A study of ancient Greek Art also spans multiple disciplines, as the art of the ancient Greeks served far more than just an aesthetic function, providing functionality in the case of pots, stability in the case of architecture, and symbolic meaning in the case of sculpture, and much more besides.

This course will attempt to offer an overview of the evolution of ancient Greek Art from the Protogeometric period to the end of the Hellenistic period. You will examine a whole range of art forms including vases, paintings, architecture, and sculpture, looking at each from a variety of different perspectives. You will also explore some of the methods used by the creators of these works of art. This course lays the foundation for further study of the topic at university, whether as part of a classics, history or art degree, or for anyone with a keen interest in Art and ancient Greece.

Topics Covered

During the course you will…

  • Gain an appreciation for the evolution of art in the ancient Greek world
  • Understand the influences that shaped the development of ancient Greek art
  • Be able to discuss a wide range of art forms, their functions, and their wider significance for classical studies

By the end of the course you will be able to…

  • Trace the evolution of Greek art from its geometrical origins to its sophisticated forms in the Hellenistic era
  • Understand the purposes and functions of a wide range of Greek art forms
  • Discuss with confidence the characteristics of the main periods of Greek art

What’s Included?

  • 4 x Interactive Tutorials
  • Online quizzes and exams
  • Access to the course discussion forum
  • Course worksheets and case studies
  • ORA Certificate of completion


Tutorial 1: Periods & Styles in Greek Art (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial introduces students to the main periods that historians and classicists use to study ancient Greek Art, and the characteristics of each period. We will trace the development of art from the Protogeometric period to the Hellenistic period.

Tutorial 2: Vases and Pottery (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial takes a closer look at some of the objects that we most associate with the ancient world – vases, jugs, and pottery. It looks at the different types of vessel made by the Greeks, as well as the ways in which these were decorated.

Tutorial 3: Rare Survivors (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial moves away from mainstream forms of Greek art, looking at other objects of which fewer examples have survived the test of time, particularly in the case of painting. Despite this, we shall see that some extraordinary examples of Greek painting have survived, and will explore these among other objects.

Tutorial 4: Messages & Meaning (1 - 1.5 hours)

This final tutorial moves away from the aesthetic experience of Greek art and focuses on the messages and meaning that Greek art conveyed to its contemporary audience. We shall see that such messages covered a diverse range of areas, including religion, warfare, mythology, politics, and more.

Key Details

Course Pre-requisites

Advanced/fluent level of English
Passion for Classical Civilisations, History and Art!

Course Level

For students thinking of applying to university to study Classics, Art, History or related subjects
For students with a general interest and enthusiasm for this topic



Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.




4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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