AAMW527 - ATHENIAN TOPOGRAPHY

Topic Varies Spring 2019: This course studies the ancient city of Athens, its monuments, buildings and spaces of the ancient urban core-an area roughly 3 square kilometers surrounding the Acropolis and defended in the Classical period by a wall some 6.5 kilometers in length. Drawing on archaeological, literary and epigraphic evidence, we will examine the extant monuments of Athens from the Classical through the Byzantine period. The goal will be to gain a thorough understanding of the topography and monuments of the city. The ancient city-state (or polis) of Athens was contiguous with the region known as Attica, a large, triangular peninsula extending southeastward from the Greek mainland into the Aegean Sea, and the course will also address the geography, economy and religious topography of the Attica peninsula, including its demoi (subdivisions), its harbor complex at Peiraieus and its suburban sanctuaries. Athens is unquestionably the Greek city whose art, architecture, literature, philosophy, and political history have had the greatest impact on the Western tradition and imagination and the course will tackle the history of the city and its monuments through time in order to shed light on the aspects that make Athens exceptional among other Greek city-states, on the many lives of its monuments and buildings as well as its afterlife in the Byzantine period.
Section 401 - SEM - ATHENIAN TOPOGRAPHY
M 0200PM-0500PM
ZARMAKOUPI, MANTHA
JAFFE BUILDING 104