This online course explores the archaeological evidence from the Aegean area, Cyprus and other regions of eastern Mediterranean during prehistoric/protohistoric times, focusing on specific subjects. This programme comprises four different modules. Each module is divided into three or four lessons. Each lesson will be accompanied by relevant iconographic material, selective bibliography as well as comprehensive chronological tables. The content of the modules focuses on presenting:
the most popular imaginary creatures in Minoan iconography
the diseases and the cure methods/practices in Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Aegean during later Prehistory
The design methods of models uncovered in Crete and Cyprus with references to respective Egyptian products
and lastly the significance of the Minoan Rituals and their relation to the rituals of modern civilizations.
The programme addresses not only students of Archaeology but also the broader public, especially those with a particular interest in prehistoric/protohistoric times in the broader eastern Mediterranean area.
The subjects have been carefully selected taking into consideration not only current research trends but also what interests the general public. The aim of the programme is to present archaeological evidence from the Aegean area, Cyprus and other regions of eastern Mediterranean during prehistoric/protohistoric times, focusing on specific subjects.
Thus, themes include a. the monsters and other hybrid creatures depicted in prehistoric art and possibly connected with magical and religious beliefs, b. the medical and therapeutical practices of the prehistoric communities in the east Mediterranean, c. the significance of the house and other models of clay deposited in tombs, sanctuaries and other types of sites and d. the presentation and discussion of a series of rites as an integral part of the human activity which is documented in the archaeological record of the aforementioned areas.
- Module 1: Hybrid and monstrous creatures in Minoan iconography
- Module 2: Disease and Therapy: medical and other therapeutical practices in prehistoric eastern Mediterranean
- Module 3: Modeling everyday life in Aegean and Cyprus with reference to Egypt
- Module 4: Ritual performance in Minoan Crete: archaeological and iconographic evidence