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Art and Daily Life in Ancient Greece

While a rich mythology has largely defined the concept of ancient Greek culture, many surviving works of art omit gods and heroes and reflect, rather, the lived experiences and personal identities of the inhabitants of the Mediterranean nearly 3,000 years ago. This course explores the unexpected and extravagant artistic expressions found in the material culture of ancient Greek day-to-day life, with special emphasis on use and display contexts. Class sessions address themes such as family life and the domestic sphere, drinking and playing at the symposium, trades and livelihoods in the community, personal adornment, public life, citizen soldiers, and the mourning of the dead. The course encompasses Greek populations from Spain to Afghanistan, circa 800–100 BCE. One class meeting is held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of ancient Greek art and history
  • Familiarity with how artifacts were used and displayed by the ancient Greeks
  • Insight into the daily lives of Greeks in ancient times

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Aspiring and practicing arts professionals
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.


    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2019
    • Date

      Jun 10 - Jul 8
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Burges, Steven
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $395