KLB_107 Greek architecture and urbanism

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Věra Klontza, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Tomáš Jirák (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Věra Klontza, Ph.D.
Department of Archaeology and Museology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Šibíčková
Supplier department: Department of Archaeology and Museology - Faculty of Arts
Mon 12:00–13:40 M11
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the lectures is to explain students the development of Greek architecture from the Late Bronze Age to the end of the Hellenistic Period. The course will provide information on the individual construction forms typical for Greek architecture as well as define the fundamental terminology. The lectures geographically cover Greece itself, Greek islands, Asia Minor, southern Italy and Sicily.
Learning outcomes
After successfull passing the course, students will be able to:
Describe the main chronological development of the Greek architecture
Recognize and describe fundamental ancient Greek architectural orders
Explain and use of the basic terminology
Determine typical architectural form of the Greek buildings, their spatial distribution and chronological framework
  • Early Iron Age Architecture
  • Temples 1: The Early and Archaic Period
  • Temples 2: Magna Graecia temples – The Archaic Period
  • Temples 3: Asia Minor and Greek islands – The Early and Archaic Period
  • Temples 4: The Early Classical Period
  • Temples 5: The Classical and Hellenistic Period
  • Tholoi – circular buildings
  • Greek theatres: terminology, architectural development
  • Public buildings 1: stoa
  • Public buildings 2: búleuterion and prytaneion
  • Public buildings 3: buildings for sports and hotels
  • Greek houses, town-planning and urbanism
    recommended literature
  • Jones, M. W. 2014. Origins of Classical Architecture: Temples, Orders, and Gifts to the Gods in Ancient Greece. Yale University Press, New Haven.
  • Mazarakis Ainian, A. 1997. From Rulers' Dwellings to Temples: Architecture, Religion and Society in Early Iron Age Greece (1100-700 B.C.). Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology Vol. CXXI, Paul Åströms Forlag, Jonsered.
  • Coulton, J. J. 1982. Ancient Greek Architects at Work: Problems of Structure and Design. Cornell University Press, Ithaca.
  • Tomlinson, R. A. 2013. Greek Architecture. Bristol Classical Press, London.
  • Dinsmoor, W. B. 1975. The Architecture of Ancient Greece. W. W. Norton & Company. Inc., New York.
  • Barletta, B. A. 2009. The Origins of the Greek Architectural Orders. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • A companion to Greek architecture. Edited by Margaret Melanie Miles. First published. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2016. xxvi, 4. ISBN 9781444335996. info
  • MALACRINO, Carmelo G. Constructing the Ancient World: Architectual Techniques of the Greeks and Romans. 1st. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010. 216 pp. ISBN 978-1-60606-016-2. info
  • DICKINSON, Oliver. The Aegean from bronze age to iron age : continuity and change between the twelfth and eighth centuries BC. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2006. xvi, 297. ISBN 0415135907. info
  • LAWRENCE, A. W. Greek architecture. Edited by R. A. Tomlinson. 5th ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. viii, 243. ISBN 0300064926. info
    not specified
  • Spawforth, T. 2006. The Complete Greek Temples. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • MEE, Christopher. Greek archaeology : a thematic approach. 1st pub. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. xli, 330. ISBN 9781405167345. info
  • HELLMANN, Marie-Christine. L'architecture grecque. Paris: Picard, 2002. il., mapy. ISBN 270840606X. info
  • WHITLEY, James. The archaeology of ancient Greece. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. xxvi, 484. ISBN 9780521622059. info
  • PEDLEY, John Griffiths. Greek art and archaeology. 2nd ed. London: Laurence King, 1998. 384 s. ISBN 1856691098. info
  • HELLMANN, M. C. L'Architecture grecque. 1998. info
  • KNELL, H. Grundzüge der griechischen Architektur. Darmstadt, 1980. info
  • SNODGRASS, A.M. The Dark Age of Greece : an achaeological survey of the eleventh to the eighth centuries BC. Edinburgh: University Press, 1971. xxiv, 456. ISBN 0852240899. info
Teaching methods
lecture and seminar with presentations of principal buildings, projects and their analysis
Assessment methods
written exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021.
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