Classical ceramography

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to refine students' critical ability and stylistic sensitivity in reading Greek ceramics, which represent the main dating tool for archaeological contexts and for decoding cultural meanings.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: At the end of the course students are expected to be able to orient themselves on the main productions and styles of figured Greek pottery, with particular reference to those ceramic classes not addressed in the basic course of Archeology and History of Greek Art, therefore Corinthian, Laconian, East Greek, Cycladic pottery etc.
Applying knowledge and understanding: Students are also expected to have acquired a good level of understanding and decoding iconography and to be introduced into the most crucial criteria for identifying painters and workshops.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Should the health emergency continue, classes will be in any way in-person classes, with simultaneous broadcasting in streaming.
Students will be able to find any information to access the classes (link) and news about any change in the bibliography on Ariel website at the beginning of the 2nd semester.
If students are not allowed to take their exams as indicated in the Syllabus due to the health emergency, the exam will be carried out electronically as communicated on Ariel website at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
The course on Greek Pottery, through monographs varied from year to year, aims to provide specific and in-depth skills on the different Greek figured ceramics (Attic, Corinthian, Laconic, Greek-Oriental, Cycladic etc.).
The course of the academic year 2020-2021 opens with an introduction on technical-productive aspects which are to be considered valid for all Greek ceramics (Teaching Unit A). Teaching Unit B focuses on Corinth and its region, Corinthia, whose main mythological and historical events and cultural aspects are illustrated. Teaching Unit C deals with figured Corinthian pottery: some guidelines are given in reference to stylistic development, painters, workshops and iconography.
Prerequisites for admission
For more effective and fruitful results, a general competence on the development of Greek art, Greek history and / or on Greek literature is strongly recommended.
Teaching methods
Classes are in-person classes and take place in the classroom; some in-depth lectures are scheduled by professors from other Universities and Research Institutes.
Teaching Resources
For students attending classes:
Teaching Unit A
G. Bejor, M. Castoldi, C. Lambrugo, E. Panero, Botteghe e artigiani. Marmorari, bronzisti, ceramisti e vetrai nell'antichità classica, Mondadori Università, Milano 2012 (e successive ristampe), capitolo I, pp. 65-129.
Teaching Unit B
Following five papers in the volume C.K. Williams II, N. Bookidis (eds.), Corinth XX, The Centenary 1896-1996, Results of excavations conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Princeton 2003:
6. R.F. Rhodes, The Earliest Greek Architecture in Corinth and the 7th-Century Temple on Temple Hill, pp. 85-94;
7. C.A. Pfaff, Archaic Corinthian Architecture, pp. 95-140.
8. C.C. Mattusch, Corinthian Bronze. Famous, but elusive, pp. 220-232.
9. G.S. Merker, Corinthian Terracotta Figurines. The Development of an Industry, pp. 233-245.
10. N. Bookidis, The Sanctuaries of Corinth, pp. 247-259.
The aforementioned papers will be available for download in Ariel web site.
Teaching Unit C
G. An. Coulié, La céramique grecque aux époques géométrique et orientalisante, Paris 2013, pp. 105-141.
H. M. D'Acunto, Il mondo del vaso Chigi. Pittura, guerra e società a Corinto alla metà del VII secolo a.C., Berlin-Boston 2013.
I. Lambrugo, Profumi di argilla. Tombe con unguentari corinzi nella necropoli arcaica di Gela, Roma 2013, pp. 317-342.
J. C. Lambrugo, La pantera, il cacciatore e il profumo. Riflessioni intorno a due aryballoi del Chimaera Group a Gela, in Les huiles parfumées en Méditerranée occidentale et en Gaule (VIIIe siècle av. - VIIIe siècle apr. J.-C.), Actes du colloque international (Rome 2009), a cura di D. Frère, L. Hugot, Naples-Rennes 2012, pp. 257-266.
K. C. Lucchese, Danza e vino nella ceramica corinzia: la figura del padded dancer, in "Annali della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia dell'Università di Bari" 50 (2007), pp. 17-48.
L. E.G. Pemberton, Wine, Women and Songs: Gender Roles in Corinthian Cult, in "Kernos" 13 (2000), pp. 85-106.
The aforementioned papers will be available for download on Ariel website.

For non attending students:
Same bibliography (see above for attending students) plus: M.G. Palmieri, Penteskouphia. Immagini e parole dipinte sui pinakes corinzi dedicati a Poseidon, Atene 2016.

For all students: slides of the classes will be available on Ariel web site.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Assessement methods consist of an oral test, that is, an interview on the topics of the course. The test aims to highlight students' stylistic ability and chronological knowledge referring to the types of pottery addressed in the classes.
Unita' didattica A
L-ANT/07 - CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ANT/07 - CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ANT/07 - CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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