Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
10721401T11304MOSAIC ARTCompulsory366
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of the course is to present the mosaic art beginning from the earliest examples in eastern civilizations to the late antiquity. The development of this art, workshops, production technics, material used, subjects and motifs depicted on the patterns, border decorations, technics for the background of mosaics are given with examples from different periods and different regions in antiquity. Mosaics and the subjects on them used in varied buildings (open and closed constructions, public or domestic buildings, etc.) are discussed. This art is introduced to the students with different examples from Anatolia and other centers in the Meditarranean.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Gonca Şenol
Learning Outcomes
16. To learn about wall and flor mosaics
27. Having ability on making research in library and on internet.
38. Having ability of writing a presentation by applying his/her knowledge on a subject previously learned and studied .
41. To get knowledge on the origin of mosaic art, examples of earliest mosaics, rough (unworked) material used in earliest samples.
52. To learn about the technics and methods of making mosaics, workshops, utilization of worked and prepared material for making mosaics.
63. To get information on the subjects of patterns and motifs used on mosaics.
74. To recognize the interactions based on style and ubject in mosaic art.
85. To identify the examples from Greek, Eastern and Western Roman, African in Roman Period and Anatolian mosaics
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
Factors and necessities which played important roles for the creation of mosaic art are presented. The earliest mosaics (mosaic floors) containing natural material and the reasons for its becoming a art branch are discussed. Examples of earliest mosaics, their motives, subjects of patterns, the subject varying according to the space and material and technics are introduced. Visual adressing of mosaics and their intends to give a message to the owner of the house or the visitor or the persons who used the space/locality, the forms of local operations of patterns differentiated by the daily activities of ancient people, their religious beliefs, events which made them to be proud of, personal characteristics and their tastes and in course of time the developements of mosaic manufacturing technics are examined.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Introduction of the course: Contents, importance of the subject and presentation of the bibliographyMeeting and definition of the course intents.
2Appearing of mosaic art: earliest practices which can be considered as mosaics and pebble pavements. Reading (R. Ling, p. 19-24)
3Technics in manufacturing pebble pavements and varied material used with pebbles Reading (Dunbabin, p. 5-17)
4Transition to tesserai mosaics, production of tesserai, technics in manufacturing tesserai mosaics and applying mosaic pavements in a space. Interactions from other art branches.Reading (Dunbabin, p. 18-22; Ling, p. 24-27)
5Greek mosaicsReading (Ling, p. 27-32)
6Greek mosaicsReading (Dunbabin, p. 18-37)
7Researches on mosaic pavements (studying area: İzmir Archeological Museum and mosaic pavements in the Agora of Izmir)Practice (Land practice)
8Midterm exam
9Manufacture of mosaic pavements in Eastern Italy in the Roman Republic and Imperial Periods: technics, subjects, patterns. Other pavement forms: Opus signinum, opus sectile, lithostrotonReading (Ling, p. 34-60)
10Mosaics in eastern provinces in the Roman Imperial Period: Asia Province and Levant region Reading (Ling, p. 49-76)
11Mosaics in eastern provinces in the Roman Imperial Period: North African centersReading (Ling, p. 77-97)
12A documentary film on the transportation of mosaic pavements out of the excavation area, conservation and restoration of mosaicsPractice (presentation of a film related to the course in the class)
13Wall and vault mosaicsReading (Ling, p. 98-112; Dunbabin, p. 236-253)
14Presentation of seminarPresentation of seminar
15Presentation of seminarPresentation of seminar
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Ders Kitabı: R. Ling., Ancient Mosaics, British Museum Press, 1998. K. M.D. Dunbabin, Mosaics of the Grek and Roman World, Cambridge University Pres, 1999. Antioch Mosaics, Ed. by. Fatih Cimok, A Turizm Yayınları, İstanbul, 2005. Belkıs-Zeugma ve Mozaikleri, ed. Rifat Ergeç, 2006. Yardımcı Kitaplar: K. M.D. Dunbabin, “Technique and Material of Hellenistic Mosaics”, AJA 83, 1979, s. 265-277. W. A. Daszewski, Corpus of Mosaics from Egypt I, Hellenistic and Early Roman Period, Mainz 1985 D. Michaelides, Cypriot Mosaics, Nicosia, 1992. S. D. Champbel, “Roman Mosaic Workshops in Turkey”, AJA 83, 1979, s. 287-292. M. H. Fantar, La Mosaique en Tunisie, Paris, 1994. L. Becker, C. Kondoleon, The Arts of Antioch, Art Historical and scientific Approaches to Roman Mosaics and a Catalogue of the Worcester Art Museum Antioch Collection, 2005. A. C. Üstüner, Mozaik Sanatı, Engin Yayıncılık, İstanbul, 2007.
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
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures16232
Team/Group Work212
Report Presentation212
Self Study12448
Individual Study for Homework Problems5315
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11010
Individual Study for Final Examination11111
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO1      5 5 
LO2      5 5 
LO35       5 
LO45    4  5 
LO5 4      5 
LO6  4 3   5 
LO75  5    5 
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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