Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
714001182009ART OF THE GEOMETRIC PERIODCompulsory123
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The Geometric period of the Greek Art is the beginning of the Greek civilisation. The main objective of this course is to contribute students to their identification of characteristics of the Geometric period by the light of the archaeological materials mainly from Athens, Aegean Islands and the coast of Asia Minor.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Doç. Dr. Hüseyin CEVİZOĞLU
Learning Outcomes
16. To be able to demonstrate and exercise independence of mind and thought
27. To be able to make analysis on artistic representation and archaeological records such as pottery, architecture and plastic
38. To be able to plan, undertake and report a bibliographically based piece of research
49. To be able to make research and present the results based on scientific and normative criteria
51. To be able to interpret the Greek Art and Culture in the time of transformation from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age
62. To be able to discuss the problem of the Greek Dark Ages
73. To be able to perceive and explain chronological sequences in Geometric Art
84. To be able to use various data of history, geography, sociology, economics in order to solve or discuss a problem. To classify and compare the material in terms of form, production technique, decoration and stylistic features
95. To be able to interpret and criticise archaeological evidences from the Protogeometric and Geometric periods
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
The art of the Geometric period, which begins in the centuries between 1100 and 700 B.C., is the basis of Classical Archaeology. Because of a period of preparation and incubation free from outside influence, the age was of great significance for later developments it is one of the major subjects for the undergraduate education in the program of Classical Archaeology. During this earliest period of Greek Art, ancient pottery and vase painting is the only consistent guideline to the development of artistic concepts. Late Mycenaean that predates and Proto-Attic and Proto-Corinthian period that postdates the relevant period will be instructed as well. In addition to pottery, architecture and sculpture (terracotta and metal works) in the geometric period of the Aegean world is also considered in the identification of the Geometric culture as a whole.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Description of the course, explaining the activities and operations of the courseMeeting with the students. Examining and definition of the course intents.
2An overview of beginning of Greek History: The Dorian Invasion Library work: Book 3 (pp. 93-171)
3The geographical landmarks of the region and chronological limits of the period: Overview of the Proto-Geometric Pottery The presentation of the lecturer; discussion
4Proto-Geometric PotteryLibrary work: Book 2 (pp. 5-9)
5Early Geometric Period: PotteryLibrary work: Book 1 (pp. 25-35), Book 2 (pp. 15-19).
6Middle Geometric Period: PotteryLibrary work: Book 1 (pp. 55-65), Book 2 (pp. 19-20).
7Late Geometric Period: PotteryLibrary work: Book 1 (pp. 73-81; 109-123) Book 2 (pp. 20-23).
8Mid-term exam
9Late Geometric Period: the Dipylon MasterLibrary work: Book 1 (pp. 73-81; 109-123) Book 2 (pp. 20-23).
10Overview of the Architecture of the Geometric PeriodThe presentation of the lecturer; discussion
11Settlement archaeology and civil architecture of the Geometric PeriodThe presentation of the lecturer; discussion
12Greek Architecture: the Geometric Period IThe presentation of the lecturer; discussion
13Greek Architecture: the Geometric Period IIThe presentation of the lecturer; discussion
14Sanctuaries from the Geometric PeriodThe presentation of the lecturer; discussion
15Oral presentation and discussion
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Ders Kitabı: Kitap 1: J. N. Coldstream, Geometric Greece (London 1977). Kitap 2: R. M. Cook, Greek Painted Pottery (London 1997). Kitap 3: A. Müfid Mansel, Ege ve Yunan Tarihi (Ankara 1984). Yardımcı Kitaplar: B. Schweitzer, Die geometrische Kunst Griechenlands (Köln 1969). J. Bouzek, Homerisches Griechenland (Praha 1969). C. G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civilization (New York 1961). V. R. d’A. Desborough, The Greek Dark Ages (London 1972). J. N. Coldstream, Geometric Greece (London 1977). J. N. Coldstream, Greek Geometric Pottery (London 1968). B. A. Sparkes, Greek Pottery: an Introduction (Manchester 1991). W.-D. Heilmeyer, Frühgriechische Kunst. Kunst und Siedlung im geometrischen Griechenland (Berlin 1982). J. Boardman, The Greeks Overseas. Their Early Colonies and Trade (London 1980). A. M. Snodgrass, The Dark Age of Greece (Edinburg 1972). H. Drerup, Griechische Baukunst in geometrischer Zeit (Archaeologia Homerica 2/O (1969). G. Gruben, Griechische Tempel und Heiligtümer (München 2001). E. Akurgal, Eski İzmir I. Yerleşme Katları ve Athena Tapınağı (Ankara 1993). R. Osborne, Greece in the Making 1200-479 BC (London 2007). A. M. Snodgrass, An Archaeology of Greece. The present state and future scope of a discipline (Berkeley 1987). A.-M. Wittke - E. Olshausen - R. Szydlak, Historischer Atlas der antiken Welt, Der neue Pauly Sonderausgabe (Stuttgart 2012).
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Self Study5210
Individual Study for Mid term Examination188
Individual Study for Final Examination188
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO1    3     
LO2    3     
LO3     42   
LO4  2    4 3
LO54   3     
LO7  4       
LO8   4      
LO9 2     3  
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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