The Faculty of Arts, in partnership with The Ian Potter Museum of Art, present a four-part masterclass on Greek mythology and the significance of religion in daily life through the study of myths and ceramics.
Each week case studies on figural vases from The University of Melbourne's collection will be used to explore the relationship between religion and art in ancient Greece. Imagery, object function and use, and Greek mythology from an archaeological perspective will be examined. Supplementary material, such as coins, a variety of ancient ceramics, and teaching collection sherds will be used to illustrate the broader themes addressed in the program and related participatory activities.
Participants will gain analytical skills by placing depictions of Greek mythology into a broader context of civic, cultural, and household significance; evaluate archaeological and art historical criteria relating to Greek mythology, and the significance of context in the evaluation of ancient evidence.
- Wednesday 24 August: Examining Myths
- Wednesday 31 August: Examining Archaeological Evidence
- Wednesday 7 September: Greek Mythology in Context
- Wednesday 14 September: Archaeological Approaches to Greek Mythology
The final session includes a participant-led exercise, with other figural vases from The University of Melbourne's collection being examined in groups, and findings presented to the rest of the class (optional).
Date and location
Date: 24/08/2016 - 14/09/2016 6.15pm - 8.30pm
The University of Melbourne
$190 University of melbourne Alumni, staff and students, and Ian Potter Museum of Art Members / $220 Non Alumni, Non Member
Dr Aleksandra Michalewicz, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne
Dr Heather Graybehl, Adjunct Research Fellow, Centre for Ancient Cultures, Monash University
For more information please contact
Caterina Sciacca, Community Education Manager, Faculty of Arts
Phone: +61 3 8344 3996
Attic black-figure kylix with Dionysiac procession on sides and satyr in tondo
c. 500 BCE
8.0cm (H) x 25.0cm (W) x 18.5cm (D)
The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of David and Marion Adams, 2009.
© Reproduction enquiries should be forwarded to the Ian Potter Museum of Art