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CLASSICS 1A03 Intro:Class Archae

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Michele George

Email: georgem@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 708

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23452


Office Hours: Thursday & Friday 10:30-11:20 (or by appointment)

Course Objectives:

The goals of the course are:

1) to introduce students to the major monuments of Classical antiquity and consider the context in which they were created;

2) to introduce scholarly issues and current methodology in Classical art and archaeology;

3) provide a foundation for understanding greater traditions in Western Art.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

  • Custom Courseware (CCW), available at the university bookstore
  • Course readings, images, and other important information will be place on the course website on Avenue To Learn (A2L). The images are intended to be a study aid and are not a substitution for class attendance; recognition of images will be part of both tests and the final exam, so regular, weekly review is strongly advised. 

Method of Assessment:

Test #1                                                                        20%                 4 October

Test #2                                                                        20%                 1 November  

Writing Assignment                                                     30%                 22 November

Final Exam                                                                  30%                 as scheduled by the university

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late assignments will be penalized â…“ of the letter grade per calendar day late (e.g., a B+ paper, one day late, becomes a B). Late penalties will not be waived unless your Faculty/Program Office advises the instructor that you have submitted to that office the appropriate documentation to support your inability to submit the work by the due date. No make-up exams will be given, and emergencies or absences must be processed through the student’s faculty office.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Reading Schedule:

Nota bene (N.B.):  reading assignments should be completed before the scheduled class meeting, e.g., the reading listed for 13 September should be completed before 11:30 on 13 September)

Week 1: The Discipline of Archaeology; the Bronze Age in The Mediterranean

6 September:  Introduction to course & Tips for academic success

            8 September:  What is archaeology? Introduction to Classical Archaeology

            9 September:  The Mediterranean in the Bronze Age

Reading: “M. Lindgren, “The Function of the Minoan Palaces – Myth and Reality,” in Hagg and Marinatos, eds., Function of Minoan Palaces. (Courseware)


Week 2:  Bronze Age cont’d.

13 September:  Minoan Palace Culture I

15 September: Minoan Palace Culture II

16 September:  Thera

Reading:  “Minoan and Mycenaean Spheres of Influence,” excerpt from Preziosi and Hitchcock, Aegean Art and Architecture I. (Courseware)


Week 3: Bronze Age Minoan Culture; Mycenaean Culture

20 September:  Mycenaeans

22 September: Mycenaean Architecture

23 September:  Mycenaean culture and funerary rites

Reading:  Mee and Spawforth “Mycenae” in Greece. (Courseware); “Burial Practices,” excerpt from Preziosi and Hitchcock, Aegean Art and Architecture II. (Courseware); J. Crowley,Mycenaean Art and Architecture.” (Courseware)


Week 4: The Bronze Age:  Mycenaean Culture and underwater archaeology

27 September:  Underwater archaeology  

29 September: the Catastrophe and the collapse of Mycenaean civilization

30 September:  Troy & Greek Mythology


R. Drews, The End of the Bronze Age; “Uluburun.” (A2L Course website)


Week 5: The end of the Bronze Age

4 OctoberTEST # 1                       INCLUDES ALL MATERIAL COVERED SO FAR

6 October:  Geometric Period

8 October:      CLASS CANCELLED




Week 7:  The Greek World: Pan-Hellenic Greek Sanctuaries

18 October:  The Archaic Age & Greek Athletics

20 October:  The Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia

21 October:  The Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi

Reading: S. Miller, Ancient Greek Athletics, (Courseware); J. Boardman, “Olympia: Temple of Zeus,” in Greek Sculpture: The Classical Period. (Courseware); Mee and Spawforth “Delphi,” in Greece. (Courseware)


Week 8: The City of Athens

            25 October:  The Athenian Acropolis

27 October:  Philip II & the Rise of Macedon

28 October:  Alexander the Great; Important Instructions regarding the Writing Assignment

Reading: J. Camp, “Perikles,” in The Archaeology of Athens. (Courseware); Sansome, “Philip II and Alexander the Great,” Ancient Greek Civilization. (Courseware); Prag, A., “Reconstructing the Skull of Philip of Macedon” in Danien, The World of Philip and Alexander. (Courseware)


Week 9: The Hellenistic World

1 November:  TEST #2 

3 November:  The Origins of Rome  & Rome’s early history and mythology



Week 10: The Roman Era; Pompeii

8 November:  The Cities of Vesuvius:  Pompeii & Herculaneum

10 November:  The Roman Villa

            11 November:  Roman Houses

Reading: A. Wallace-Hadrill, “The Articulation of the House,” in House and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum. (Courseware); P. Zanker, “The City’s Final Years,” in Pompeii. (Courseware) Selections from Roman Authors on Otium.  (A2L Course website)


Week11:  Roman Architecture

15 November:  Roman Architecture:  the basics

17 November:  Colosseum and spectacle in the Roman world

18 November:  Roman Baths 

Reading: Toner, “The Baths” from: Leisure and Ancient Rome. (Courseware); Excerpts from Dodge, “Amusing the Masses: Buildings for Entertainment and Leisure in the Roman World, in Life, Death, and Entertainment in the Roman Empire. (Courseware); Excerpt from Kleiner, A History of Roman Art. (Courseware); P. Connolly, “A Day at the Races,” in The Ancient City. (A2L Course website)


Week 12:  roman Empire

22 NOVEMBER:  Writing Assignment Due!  Please hand in at the beginning of class, & please note above re: Late Policy.

22 November:  Roman Sculpture

24 November:  Roman funerary traditions

25 November:  Roman Provincial Archaeology

Reading: J. Patterson, “Living and Dying in the City of Rome: Houses and Tombs,” in Ancient Rome: The Archaeology of the Eternal City. (Courseware)


Week 13: Roman into Christian;

29 November:  Rome: the Tetrarchy and Constantine

1 December:  Forgeries and the Art Market

2 December:  Cultural Patrimony; illegal excavation and exportation

Reading:  Stille, The Future of the Past. (Courseware); M. Beard, “Lord Elgin: Saviour or Vandal?”

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Week 14:  Cultural Patrimony & Ethics

6 December:  Structure of final exam & tips for success

Other Course Information:


There is one written, research-based assignment required for the class; specific directions will be posted on the A2L course website.  PLEASE READ THESE DIRECTIONS VERY CAREFULLY!  For this paper, you must investigate one site or monument from Classical Archaeology and present a coherent, organized, and polished academic paper that demonstrates your independent research into the subject matter.  All essays must be properly referenced, with footnotes and a bibliography; essays without proper references and bibliography will be receive a failing grade.  Use Chicago style for referencing; please consult the GUIDELINES TO CITATIONS found on ‘Avenue to Learn’ (A2L) for examples of proper formatting for citations (to be posted). 

The writing assignment is 7 pages long in total, including title page, bibliography, and illustration (text must be double-spaced and in 12 point font) and is due on Tuesday, November 22.   The assignment will be submitted in hard copy at the beginning of class; any paper submitted past 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 22 will be considered one day late and will be penalized following the late policy described above, as will any papers received after Nov. 25 (see above, ‘Penalties for Late Assignments’). 

Classroom etiquette:

Students are advised that attendance at all lectures is mandatory, and that they will be solely responsible acquiring lectures notes for all classes that they miss; lecture notes will not be posted on the course website.  Weekly reviews will be posted on A2L, but in order to succeed on the tests and final exam students must combine their own notes with the reviews.  The reviews are not a substitute for class attendance and thorough class notes.  Students are also advised to keep all term work and all research notes taken in the preparation of their term papers. 


Cell phones and other similar communication devices should be turned off at the beginning of lectures. Students are expected to remain for the duration of the class meeting time. Please notify the instructor in advance for any excused absences. The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.

Statement on Academic Ethics:

Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”) and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3 (located at: www.mcmaster.ca/senate/academic/ac_integrity.htm).


The following illustrate only three forms of academic dishonesty:

1) Plagiarism, i.e. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.

2) Improper collaboration in-group work.

3) Copying or using unauthorized aids in texts and examinations.


In this course we will be using a web-based service (Turnitin.com) to reveal plagiarism.  Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to Turnitin.com and in hard copy so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to Turnitin.com must still submit a copy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to Turnitin.com. All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Turnitin.com Policy, please go to www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

To access Turnitin, please go to this website for instructions and a link:


You will need the Class ID and enrollment password in order to submit your work.

Class ID:  12786778

Enrollment password:  Agamemnon