With their distinctive columns, symmetrical lines, and often ornate sculptural decoration, the structures that typify the architecture of ancient Greece are unique, evoking a world of literature, theatre, religious devotion, and conquest. They offer us not only an insight into the world of ancient Greek art and architecture, but also into the wider world of Greek culture and heritage, conveying the emergence of a Greek cultural identity. Whether you’re a budding architect or have an interest in the culture of Ancient Greece, this course will provide you with an excellent starting point for your further studies.
By analysing case studies of some of the most famous examples of Ancient Greek architectural genius, from the subtle curvature of the Parthenon to the remarkable acoustics of Greek theatres, this course lays the foundations for further study of the topic at university, whether as part of a classics, history, literature, or art degree.
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This tutorial will begin with a discussion of the most iconic example of Greek architectural genius: the Greek Temple. It will explore the different architectural elements of temples and how these differed across the three orders, as well as the methods used by architects to create these buildings of immense beauty.
Greek religious architecture was not confined to temples. Building on the knowledge of the Greek Temple acquired during the previous tutorial, this tutorial takes a look at a range of other religious structures. These buildings, constructed for worship, were often found within sanctuaries, and we shall consider a few sanctuary case studies in detail.
This tutorial examines the structures that were at the heart of public life, both for religious and leisurely reasons. It will focus on four constructions in detail, namely: the theatron, the odeion, the stoa, and the gymnasion, exploring the purposes of each type of construction and the differences in architectural technique employed in each one.
The final tutorial of the course looks at architecture in both the private and public spheres. It will begin by exploring the private homes of the Greeks, before comparing these with the elaborately-decorated public buildings that were at the heart of civic life. The tutorial will end with an exploration of colour within Ancient Greek architecture – how it was made and how it was used.
|The final tutorial of the course looks at architecture in both the private and public spheres. It will begin by exploring the private homes of the Greeks, before comparing these with the elaborately-decorated public buildings that were at the heart of civic life. The tutorial will end with an exploration of colour within Ancient Greek architecture – how it was made and how it was used.||Advanced/fluent level of EnglishPassion for Classical Civilisations, History and Art!|
|Course Level||For students thinking of applying to university to study Classics, Art, History or related subjectsFor 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.|
|Workload||4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)|