Arts & Architecture

An International Course on
Arts and Architecture in Ancient Athens and Greece

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Period: Sunday 28 May 2017 - Saturday 10 June 2017
Language: English Duration: 2 weeks

Course Leaders:

  • Dr Stephen Andrew Arbury, Professor of Art History, Radford University, USA and
  • Dr Nicholas N. Patricios, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Analysis, ATINER,  Dean Emeritus & Professor, School of Architecture, University of Miami, USA

Other Instructors:

  • Mr Hugh O’Gorman, Head of Acting, California State University, Long Beach, USA
  • Dr. Gregory A. Katsas, Vice President of Academic Affairs, ATINER & Associate Professor, The American College of Greece-Deree College, Greece
  • Dr Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER
  • Dr Nicholas Nikoloudis, Independent Scholar
  • Mr Kostas Katsigiannis, Expert on Ancient Sports & Arts and Ex-General Director, Greek National Tourism Organization
  • Mr Gamal El-Sayed Yakout, Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Department of Theater, Alexandria University, Egypt

Who can attend: Students (graduate and undergraduate) and non-students (practitioners, researchers, academics) who would like to learn about ancient Greek art and architecture.  

Course Purpose: The aim of the course is to introduce Athens’ and Greece’ arts and architecture from antiquity to modernity. The first week is devoted to arts and the second to architecture. In addition to regular (formal) 42 hours of lectures, the course includes visits to most important sites of ancient and modern Athens and its surrounding islands (Hydra, Poros, Aegina) and archaeological sites (Delphi, Mycaenus, Epidaurus). Guest speakers and two international roundtable discussions on the future of teaching and researching arts and architecture in a global world are also an addition to this course of study.

Course description: Students will learn about ancient Greek art from the Cycladic Period through the Hellenistic Period. Art forms discussed will include sculpture, vase-painting, and jewelry. The first meeting will be a visual overview of the art created during this 2000-year span of time in a classroom setting. The following three class meetings will be in the field at various museums where students can study the works of art in person. Students will also see examples of modern jewelry by one of Greece’s most renowned jewelry designers. Attention will be paid to artistic styles, techniques, and subject matter and how they changed over the centuries. The cultural, political and technological reasons for those changes will be explored. Following the conclusion of the arts portion of the course, students will learn about both ancient and modern architecture and urban planning in Greece. Students will attend an international roundtable on Teaching Architecture and Urban Planning in a Global World. Lectures will focus on the layout of ancient cities as well as specific architectural styles. Special attention will be paid to the methods used for constructing various meeting places in the ancient world. 

Credits: All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and a transcript to validate their course at their university. Grades are given only to participants who fulfill all the requirements of attendance and course evaluation. Participants who simply audit the course are given only a certificate of attendance signed by the President of the Association and the two course leaders.


Organizing Institution: ATINER