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CLASSICS 2B03 Greek Art (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2018

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Amanda Hardman


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 728

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm and Friday 10:00-11:00am

Course Objectives:

This course aims to familiarize students with Greek art, architecture, and archaeology, beginning with the Bronze Age and ending with Greek art in the Roman World. By the end of the course students will be able to identify important examples of Greek art and architecture, as well as critically discuss their historical and cultural context, and current scholarly methodology and interpretation.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Neer, Richard. 2011. Greek Art and Archaeology, c. 2500-c. 150 BC.  New York, Thames and Hudson.

Method of Assessment:

Test 1                                                  15%

Test 2                                                  15%

Writing Assignment                            30%

Final Exam                                          40%

a) Tests (30%)

There will be two in-class tests.  These will be cumulative and will be held at the beginning of class on Thurs. Sept. 27th, and Thurs. Nov. 1st.  Each will be worth 15% of your final grade.  

b) Writing Assignment (30%)

Students are to submit a 4-5 page (double- spaced) paper at the beginning of lecture on Thurs. Nov. 22nd.  Students will choose a topic from a list to be provided by the instructor. 

c) Final Exam (40%)

The final exam, as scheduled by the university, is cumulative, and will assess the students’ understanding of the assigned readings as well as the material discussed in lecture.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

There will be no makeup tests in Classics/ArtHist 2B03.  If however, the student misses a test due to a serious illness or personal distress etc., it is their responsibility to contact the instructor (via e-mail or in person during office hours) as well as provide appropriate documentation within one week of the absence. In this case, the weight of missed test will be transferred to the next appropriate test.

Late assignments will be docked 5% per day (including weekends) up to the end of term (December 5th).  Should a student require an extension (due to serious illness or personal distress etc.) please contact the instructor and provide the appropriate documentation before the assignment due date.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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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

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

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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 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 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:

Please complete all readings before the scheduled class meeting.  Supplementary readings may be assigned and will be provided on Avenue to Learn.

Class Date

Topics Covered/Assignments/Tests


Thurs. Sept. 6th


Introduction; The Bronze Age

Neer, 9-36

Thurs. Sept. 13th


The Bronze Age; The “Dark Ages”

Neer, 36-73

Thurs. Sept. 20th


The Geometric Period; The “Orientalizing” Period


Neer, p. 73-103

Thurs. Sept. 27th



The “Orientalizing” Period;  Archaic Architecture


Neer, p. 104-134

Thurs. Oct. 4th


Archaic Coinage, Pottery and Sculpture

Neer, p. 134-171

Thurs. Oct. 18th


Olympia and Delphi; The Late Archaic Period

Neer, p. 172-217

Thurs. Oct. 25th


The Early Classical Period; Cyrene and Paestum

Neer, 218-265

Thurs. Nov.  1st



Athens in the Classical Period

Neer, 266-291; The Athenian Acropolis and Agora (Avenue)

Thurs. Nov.  8th


The High Classical Period

Neer, 292-317; Shapiro, H.A. 1991, “The Iconography of Mourning in Athenian Art,” American Journal of Archaeology 95: 629-656. (Jstor)

Thurs. Nov.  15th


The Late Classical Period

Neer, 318-345

Thurs. Nov.  22nd



The Macedonians & The Hellenistic Period


Neer, 345-378

Thurs. Nov. 29th  

 Greek Art in the Roman World & Review


Neer, 379-381