Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
714001072009INTRODUCTION TO GREEK ARTCompulsory114
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The main objective of this course is to identify the basic terms and concepts of Classical Archaeology and to be able to understand its relations with other disciplines.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Yasemin POLAT
Learning Outcomes
1 Understand the nature of the discipline of archaeology.
2 Get to know the basic terms and concepts of archaeology.
3 Understand the ethical rules to be followed in archaeological researches.
4 Understand the basic principles of archaeological research methodology.
5 do researches in the library and on the internet
6 present a seminar on their own research subject.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
What is archaeology? The other branches of archaeology and their characteristics. The borders of Classical Archaeology and its relations with the other sciences.. The basic terms and concepts of the subjects such as architecture, ceramics, numismatics and sculpture that constitute the main material for archaeology. The research methods, the laws about conservation of antiquities, the ethical rules of the research methods, the methods of dating in archaeology.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Introduction: Contents and importance of the courseMeeting the students. Discussing the course contents
2What is archaeology? The history of archaeology. The other branches of archaeology. The disciplines that contribute to archaeology. Reading (Başaran 3-6, Etienne, 13-41)
3The methods of research Ethics in archaeology The laws about conservation of antiquities Reading (Başaran, 6-18, Eski Eserler Kanunu)
4Characteristics of architectural structures. Generals terms and concepts in archaeology. Architectural orders. Reading (Tomlinson, 1-14, Lawrence, 66-97, başaran, 97-116, Richter, 11-17
5The characteristics and sections of architectural ordersReading (Lawrence, 66-97, Başaran, 97-116, Richter, 11-17, Saltuk, the related items, Er, the related items, Boardman, 77-83)
6Temple styles and sub-structure terminology.Reading (Lawrence, 66-97, başaran, 97-116, Richter, 11-17, Saltuk, the related items, Er, the related items, Boardman, 77-83)
7The elements and characteristics of ancient towns. Reading (Wycherley, 12-158, Başaran, 68-71, Richter, 13-38) Presentation of Written Seminar
8Mid-term exam
9Terminology, structural characteristics and the different sections of various buildings such as theaters and bathsReading (Richter, 13-38, Er, the related items, Saltuk, the related items, Yegül, 20-33)
10The importance of ceramics in archaeology, their function, their state of finding.Reading (Başaran, 1-16)
11A general look at the firing methods of ceramics, the different vase shapes.Reading ( Richter, 265-274, İren, 2-39, Noble, 1-83)
12Vase shapes and their functions.Reading (Noble, 7-28)
13Vase shapes, their functions and a general chronology of ceramics. Reading (Noble, 7-28, Başaran, 150-153, Folsom, 27-31) Presentation of Written Seminar
14The function of statues, their material and techniques used for sculpture.Reading (Başaran 66-85, Boardman, 83-99, Richter, 41-46)
15The dating methods in archaeology.Reading (Başaran, 18-22)
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Course Books: R.A. Tomlinson, Yunan Mimarlığı, İstanbul, 2003. (Homer Kitabevi) G.M.A Richter, Yunan Sanatı, 1969. (Cem Yayınevi) Cevat Başaran, Arkeolojiye Giriş I, Erzurum, 1988. Cevat Başaran, Arkeolojiye Giriş II, Erzurum, 1988. Yasemin Er, Klasik Arkeoloji Sözlüğü, Ankara, 2006.(Phoenix) Secda Saltuk, Arkeoloji Sözlüğü, İstanbul, 1990.(İnkılap) John Boardman, Yunan Sanatı, İstanbul, 2005 Roland ve Françoise Etienne, Antik Yunan Bir Keşfin Arkeolojisi, İstanbul, 2006. R.E. Wycherley, Antik Çağda Kentler Nasıl Kuruldu?, İstanbul, 1986. A.W. Lawrence, Grek Architecture, New York, 1983. Fikret Yegül, Antik Çağ’da Hamamlar ve Yıkanma, İstanbul, 2006. K. İren, Vazo Resimlerinin Işığında Eski Yunan Çömlekçiliği, İstanbul, 2003. Recommended Reading: Vitruvius, Mimarlık Üzerine On Kitap, 1998, İstanbul. (YEM) J.V.Noble, The Techniques of Painted Attic Pottery, New York, 1965. R.S. Folsom, Handbook of Greek Pottery, A Guide for Amateurs, London, 1964. G.M.A. Richter-M.J. Milne, Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases, New York, 1935. M.G. Kanowski, Containers of Classical Greece: A Handbook of Shapes, New York, 1984. T. Schreiber, Athenian Vase Construction A Potter’s Annalysis, California, 1999.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures13339
Self Study10330
Individual Study for Mid term Examination144
Individual Study for Final Examination155
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO3        5 
LO6  4    3  
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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