This online course aims to offer a journey to the fascinating developments in Greek art from ca. 1200 to ca. 30 BCE. The participant will have a unique chance to learn the very beginning of the Art developed in Greece and its evolution.

The course learning journey begins with the decoration of tombs, till the first jewelry design. Even if you’re new to all this, it will surely be a good start to discover such peculiar forms of art and even more, get one fine first taste of the Greek culture, which will make you ask for more.

Greek art is instantly recognizable worldwide, even though most non-specialists find it difficult to understand its development or even name some of its most typical examples. Looking at Greek art in museums, illustrated books or tv documentaries may be fun, though it can sometimes leave the viewer none the wiser as to its secrets. Why did the Greeks invent naturalism? Why did they paint their pots? Did they really exercise or even fight in the nude? In short, what is “Greek” about Greek art? The programme addresses these and many more questions through richly illustrated lectures and carefully planned assignments.

This course is the perfect introduction to an extraordinary cultural phenomenon, catering for the non-specialist, the art enthusiast, the beginner in the study of the classical world, the archaeologist many of us hide inside.

After successfully completing the lessons, the participant will receive a training certificate while acquiring a magnificent one time experience. All of the above will be analyzed further and in detail in this online course part of the Arts and Culture category.

Participant Profile

This Programme is addressed to art enthusiasts and archaeology fans, as well as anyone with an interest in the history of Greece or the classical world at large.

Programme Aims

The famous city-states of ancient Greece have been gone for many centuries now; their memory, however, is kept alive through the art they left behind. Stone temples, stadiums and theatres, statues carved in marble or cast in bronze, clay vases and gold jewellery, frescoes and mosaics, remain part of our global cultural heritage so much so that the ancient Greeks today appear familiar to anyone even remotely associated with current aesthetics – from ‘high’ art to pop culture.

  • But what is Greek ‘art’?
  • Which were its founding principles?
  • What were the stages of its evolution through time?
  • Who were the greatest Greek artists, when did they live, and how did their work affect the generations to come?
  • Which creations of ancient Greek art are today thought of as masterpieces of incomparable merit?
  • Which archaeological discoveries have helped us understand classical Greece in its essence?

The arts of ancient Greece: the birth of classical taste is a Programme designed to answer these questions. Following the historical trajectory of Greek art from ca. 1200 BCE, when the Mycenaean World is brought to a final collapse, until ca. 30 BCE, when the last of the Hellenistic Kingdoms succumbs to the pressure of Rome, we will study the forms, the types, the works and the creators that made Greek art an international brand-name today.

Programme Description

After an introductory module, modules 2-3 survey matters of Greek art in Early, Classical and Hellenistic Greece respectively.

The Programme consists of 12 lessons in total, each focusing on a particular aspect of Greek art. Each named after a Greek technical term, these 12 lessons discuss the historical and aesthetic developments that shaped classical art, as well as the roles it performed within ancient society and culture.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated May 2, 2019
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Course in The arts of ancient Greece: the birth of classical taste