Classical ceramography

A.Y. 2021/2022
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
Lessons will be given primarily in presence in the classroom and in streaming on the TEAMS platform of the Course. Access registration to the classroom has to follow procedures given by the University.
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 2021-2022 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 Sparta and its region, Laconia, whose main mythological and historical events and cultural aspects are illustrated. Teaching Unit C deals with figured Laconian pottery: some guidelines are given in reference to the stylistic development, the main painters and workshops, iconography and patterns of commercial distribution.
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. In-depth lectures are scheduled by professors from other Universities and Research Institutes.
Teaching lessons integrated with other master courses equally related to Greek culture (courses in Greek Archeology, Archeology of Magna Graecia and Greek Literature) will be provided for an effectively interdisciplinary approach to matter.
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 3, pp. 65-129.
Teaching Unit B
Following papers from the recent A. Powell (ed.), A Companion to Sparta, Chichester 2018.
1. A. Powell, Sparta. Reconstructing History from Secrecy, Lies and Myth, pp. 3-28.
2. W. Cavanagh, An Archaeology of Ancient Sparta with Reference to Laconia and Messenia, pp. 61-92.
3. M.A. Flower, Spartan Religion, pp. 425-451.
4. M. Pipili, Laconian Pottery, pp. 124-153.
1 paper by choice, again from A. Powell (ed.), A Companion to Sparta, Chichester 2018:
· M. Nafissi, Lykourgos, the Spartan 'Lawgiver', pp. 93-123.
· C. Calame, Pre-Classical Sparta as Song Culture, pp. 177-201.
· H. van Wees, Luxury, Austerity and Equality in Sparta, pp. 202-235.
· E.G. Millender, Spartan Women, pp. 500-524.
· P. Christesen, Sparta and Athletics, pp. 543-564.
The aforementioned papers will be available for download in Ariel web site.
Teaching Unit C
Following papers:
1. A. Faustoferri, Tentativo di interpretazione dei soggetti figurati all'interno delle coppe laconiche del VI sec. a.C., in F. Pompili (a cura di), Studi sulla ceramica laconica, Perugia, 1986, pp. 119-147.
2. M. Pipili, Archaic Laconian Vase-Painting: Some Iconographic Considerations, in W.G. Cavanagh, S.E.C. Walker (eds.), Sparta in Laconia, London 1998, pp. 82-96.
3. A. Faustoferri, Iconografia e iconologia a Sparta in età arcaica, in F.H. Massa Pairauld (éd.), L'image antique et son interprétation, Rome 2006, pp. 75-93.
4. P. Pelagatti, C. Stibbe, La ceramica laconica a Taranto e nella Puglia, in Taranto e il Mediterraneo, Atti del Convegno di Studi sulla Magna Grecia (Taranto 2001), Taranto 2002, pp. 365-403.
5. F. Coudin, Les vases laconiens entre Orient et Occident au VIe siècle av. J.-C.: forme et iconographie, in «RA» 2009, 2, pp. 227-263.
6. F. Prost, Laconian Art, in A. Powell (ed.), A Companion to Sparta, Chichester 2018, pp. 154-176.
The aforementioned papers will be available for download in Ariel web site.

For non attending students:
Same bibliography (see above for attending students) plus:
M. Lupi, Sparta. Storia e rappresentazione di una città greca, Carocci Editore, Roma 2017.

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