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Department
Classical Studies, Greek and Latin
Course
CLAS 102
Professor
Dr Diana Burton
Semester
Spring

Description
Greek art, myth and culture Lecture 1 Problems with Greek art Dating: -Nothing has a precise date. -Relative dating- dating art works based on similar pieces. -Absolute dating -Pottery dated within a decade -Dates are always approx Athenocentricity: -Making Athens the centre of the world -Athens was different to the rest of Greece so cannot be used to judge Greek art as a whole Geometric Sub-Mycenean ware C 1100-1000 BC Greeks dropped into a ‘dark age’ 300 year struggle for survival. They forgot both their own language and how to create art works. The population of Greece dropped 75% as the people lost their creativity and focused more on basic actions that would preserve their lives. Vases appeared in graves, but it is unknown what they are. Protogeometric ware c. 1000-900BC Decoration is more careful, the lines are drawn straight and even; there is more decoration on the vases. The artists have begun to think about the shape of the vase and match their decoration to it, highlighting the features. Vases used as urns. The people were buried where they were burnt, unlike later on when there were graveyards outside the city limits. Burial was a status symbol for the living; the wealthy buried vases and other expensive goods with their dead to impress the aristocrats and show their status. Ash urns were gender based: Belly handled amphora were given to dead
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