This six week course traces the development of Greek art from its beginnings in the Dark Ages to the Classical perfection of the 5th century BC.


Event details

This six week course traces the development of Greek art from its beginnings in the Dark Ages to the Classical perfection of the 5th century BC. It also looks at how Greek art changed in the 4th century BC and the radical transformations which occurred as a result of the conquests of Alexander the Great, which extended the Greek world over the whole eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Presenter

Emeritus Professor Frank Sear is a world-renowned architectural historian and former Chair of Classics at The University of Melbourne. He is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies. He has published widely on his archaeological work and published a number of books including Roman Wall and Vault Mosaics, Roman Architecture and Roman Theatres: an architectural study.

He was co-Director of the Australian Pompeii Project from 1978 to 1988, and since 1990 has directed the Australian Roman Theatres project, which involved surveying the theatres at Gubbio, Taormina, Benevento and Pompeii in Italy, Jerash in Jordan, and Orange in France. Professor Sear has also led numerous archaeological tours in Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Egypt, North Africa, Spain and France.

Date and location

Date/time: Wednesday 15 June - 20 July, 6.15 - 8.30pm

Location:

Macmahon Ball Theatre
Old Arts (Building 149)
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010

Cost of course

  • $45 University of Melbourne Alumni, Staff and Students and members of Humanities 21 / $55 Non Alumni (per session)
  • $260 University of Melbourne Alumni, Staff and Students and members of Humanities 21   / $290 Non Alumni (series pass)

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Session details

Each session includes two 50-minute evening lectures with Q&A and a break with light refreshments. Course handouts and further reading material will be available throughout the duration of the course.

Wednesday, 15 June 6.15 - 8.30pm
The dawn of Greek civilization: The Dark Ages and the Geometric period (1100-700 BC)

Wednesday, 22 June 6.15 - 8.30pm
Striving after perfection: Black-figure pottery and archaic Greek sculpture (700-500 BC)

Wednesday, 29 June 6.15 - 8.30pm
Experiments in building: Greek Doric and Ionic architecture in the 7th and 6th centuries BC

Wednesday, 6 July 6.15 - 8.30pm
The mastery of form: Greek pottery and sculpture in the 5th century BC

Wednesday, 13 July 6.15 - 8.30pm
Athens in the Classical period: Sculpture and architecture in the 4th century BC

Wednesday, 20 July 6.15 - 8.30pm
The new Greek world afterAlexander the Great: The Hellenistic period

More information

For more information please contact

Caterina Sciacca, Community Education Manager, Faculty of Arts

Email: caterina.sciacca@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 3996

Image credit

East pediment of the Parthenon, three female figures c. 440 BC, British Museum.