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3000 years of European Arts and Architecture: 1000-500 BCE

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

Beginning 3,000 years ago in the distant shimmer of the late Bronze Age, this five-week course explores art history via some of the foundational cultures in the history of European arts and architecture, around the Mediterranean and beyond: Greek, early Roman, Etruscan and more.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment


Content of Course

1. 1000-900: Late Bronze Age, Greek Dark Ages, Proto-Geometric style.

2. 900-800 Geometric period; Villanovan culture.

3. 800-700 Orientalizing period, Tartessian culture.

4. 700-600 Archaic period, Scythians, Early Rome.

5. 600-500 Iberian culture, Etruscans.

Teaching method(s)

The course will be taught via lectures combined with class discussion. Students will be introduced to a variety of visual sources and will be guided in close visual analysis and in analysis of sources across a range of times, places and styles.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Conduct a methodical analysis of artworks;

  • Recognise and describe the work of various European styles and creators;

  • Discuss broad trends in the history of European arts between 1000 and 500 BCE.


Core Readings

Please discuss these with your tutor if you are considering purchasing a book:

  • Honour, H. & Fleming, J., 2009. A World History of Art. Rev. 7th. London: Laurence King.

  • Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P.G., 2016. Archaeology: theories, methods, and practice Seventh. London: Thames & Hudson.

  • Bintliff, J.L. & Wiley InterScience, 2012. The Complete Archaeology of Greece from Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th century AD. Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Beard, M., 2015. SPQR: a History of Ancient Rome. London: Profile Books.

  • Coulston, J.C., Dodge, H. & Trinity College. Centre for Mediterranean Near Eastern Studies, 2000. Ancient Rome: the Archaeology of the Eternal City. Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.