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3000 Years of European Arts and Architecture: 500 BCE - 0

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This five-week course looks through the five centuries of European arts and architecture from 500 BCE. It will focus on the well-documented Classical period in the Greek world, which gave birth to key artworks and principles, as well as widening the focus to other areas of the Mediterranean and further north on the continent.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment


Content of Course

1. 500-400 Archaic period, Scythians.

2. 400-300 Classical period, Iberian culture.

3. 300-200 Etruscan culture, Scythians, Celtic cultures.

4. 200-100 Hellenistic period.

5. 100-0 Roman expansion.

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 cultures;

  • Discuss broad trends in the history of European arts between 500 BCE and 0.


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

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