CLST403C

THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF BRONZE AGE GREECE. The Trojan War, the Palace of King Minos at Knossos and the Mask of Agamemnon are only part of the story of the Greek Bronze Age. In this course, we’ll try to separate the myths from no-less fascinating evidence of life in prehistoric Greece. We’ll take an in-depth look at the archaeology and art of the civilizations that arose on mainland Greece, Crete, the Aegean islands and Cyprus from around 3000 to 1200 BCE. We’ll examine the material remains left behind by these societies—from their monumental palaces to the ceramic vessels used in everyday life—in order to understand how Bronze Age people lived and died and to try to explain the rise and fall of state-level societies in these regions, how these societies were organized, what their beliefs were, and the interactions they had with neighboring cultures of the Near East and Egypt. We’ll also explore how past archaeology, modern politics and pop culture have influenced the interpretation and representation of the Bronze Age past.