CLAS/ANTH/ARTH 4129/5129: Aegean Art & Archaeology

Fall 2016
MWF 2:00-2:50 pm
EDUC 155

Professor Dimitri Nakassis
Office: HUMN 1B25
Office hours: Monday and Thursday, 3-4:30 pm
Phone: (303) 492-8184

This course is a detailed study of the cultures of prehistoric Greece, the Cycladic Islands, and Crete, their art and archaeology, and their history within the broader context of the eastern Mediterranean, from earliest human settlement to the collapse of the Bronze Age at about 1100 B.C.E.


Class participation:

Ten reading responses

Midterms (10/3, 11/4)

Final exam (12/15)

Research paper abstract (10/17)

Research paper (12/9)








  • Class participation: you will be evaluated not only based on your attendance but also on whether you contribute to class discussion and the quality of your contribution.
  • Ten reading responses: over the course of the semester, you must write ten short (no more than one page, single-spaced, 12 pt) responses to the readings (5129 students can respond to any assigned reading). You must turn in your response at the start of class (electronically or hard copy) to the readings assigned for that class. The reading responses aren’t pass/fail assignments; I’ll be evaluating them based on their quality. That is to say, I expect you to engage seriously with the readings; relate what you’ve read to what we’ve already learned, evaluate the arguments that the author is making, etc.
  • Midterms will involve a combination of short identifications and essays. There will be choice involved with each.
  • The research paper should be about 15-20 pages double-spaced on a topic related to the subject matter covered by the class. It’s due on the last day of classes. You must (a) turn in a short, one-page abstract summarizing your plans for the paper and 3-5 bibliographic items by October 17th and (b) discuss the paper topic with me (in person during my office hours) at some point after your abstract is submitted and before the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • The final exam will be on Thursday December 15, 1:30-4 pm.


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Schedule (Subject to update)





M 22 August




W 24 August


Preziosi 1-31, Betancourt 1-7



F 26 August

Nuts and bolts


Shelmerdine 2008a (18 pp.)

Manning 2010a (18 pp.)



M 29 August

Stone Age: intro


Preziosi 33-44



W 31 August

Stone Age: Franchthi


Jacobsen 1976 (13 pp.), 1981 (17 pp.)

Tomkins 2010 (19 pp.)

F 2 September

Stone Age: controversy

Runnels 2014 (20 pp.)


Leppard 2014, Discussion and debate section


M 5 September





W 7 September

EBA: intro

Preziosi 44-61


Renfrew 2010

F 9 September

EBA: Cyclades

Betancourt 9-26

Hoffman 2002 (26 pp.)


Gill and Chippendale 1993, Hendrix 2003

M 12 September

EBA: mainland

Betancourt 55-66

Pullen 2008 (28 pp.)


Pullen 1992, 1994

W 14 September


[No class]



F 16 September

EBA: Crete

Betancourt 29-53

Whitelaw 1983 (22 pp.)


Wilson 2008, Tomkins and Schoep 2010


M 19 September

Minoan palaces


Preziosi 63-87

Manning 2008,Colburn 2008

W 21 September

Protopalatial Crete

Schoep 2010a (13 pp.)

Schoep 2010b, Schoep 2012, Knappett 2008


F 23 September

Neopalatial Crete

Preziosi 89-122


Younger and Rehak 2008a

M 26 September

Minoan art


Betancourt 67-108

Koehl 1986

W 28 September

Minoan society and religion


Preziosi 140-148

Davis 1995

Lupack 2010a


Driessen 2010, Younger and Rehak 2008b, Tomas 2010

F 30 September


[No class]




M 3 October


[Midterm 1]




W 5 October

The Cyclades


Preziosi 122-140, Betancourt 109-131


Barber 2010a, 2010b, Davis 2008

F 7 October


Doumas 2010

Manning 2010b


Knappett and Nikolakopoulou 2008

M 10 October


Morris 1989

Rehak 2002


Vlachopoulos 2015, Murray 2004

W 12 October


Weiner 2013


Broodbank 2004, Betancourt 2008


F 14 October

MBA mainland (1)

Preziosi 148-152, Betancourt 133-153



M 17 October

MBA mainland (2)


Wright 2008 (28 pp.)

French 2004, 29-49


[Paper abstract due]


Voutsaki 2010

W 19 October

Early Myc art


Hurwit 1979

Vermeule 1975

F 21 October

Myc palaces (1)

Preziosi 155-190


Wright 2006


M 24 October

Myc palaces (2)

Betancourt 155-184

Fitzsimons 2007, Maran 2006a, Nelson 2007


W 26 October

Linear B

Palaima 2010

Chadwick 1987, 33-43


Palmer 2008

F 28 October

Myc society


Shelmerdine and Bennet 2008

Shelmerdine 2008b


M 31 October

Myc death


Mee 2010

Elia 1995


Wright 1987, 2008b

W 2 November


[no class]



F 4 November


[Midterm 2]




M 7 November

Myc Crete

Betancourt 185-200

Preston 2008


Driessen and Langohr 2007, Wiener 2015


W 9 November

Myc art

Shaw 1986

Morgan 2005


Bennet 2015,Davis and Bennet 1999

F 11 November

Myc economy(1)


Killen 2008

Halstead 1988

Halstead 1992a, 1992b, Foxhall 1995

M 14 November

Myc economy (2)


Nakassis et al. 2011


Parkinson et al. 2013, Galaty et al. 2016

W 16 November

Myc trade

Burns 2010

Pulak 2010

Cline 1995


Cline 2007, Haskell 2004, Sherratt 2001

F 18 November

Myc religion

Lupack 2010b

Palaima 2004, 2008


Wright 2004, Stocker and Davis 2004, Hiller 2011






M 28 November

Collapse (1)

Preziosi 193-219

Dickinson 2006, 24-57



W 30 November

Collapse (2)

Deger-Jalkotzy 2008



F 2 December


Dickinson 2006, 58-78, Maran 2006b



M 5 December

Troy and Trojan war


Bryce 2010



W 7 December

After the BA

Dickinson 2006, 1-23


Papadopoulos 2014

F 9 December


Antonaccio 1994


Antonaccio 2006



Betancourt = P.P. Betancourt, Introduction to Aegean Art (Philadelphia 2007).

Preziosi = D. Preziosi and L.A. Hitchcock, Aegean Art and Architecture (Oxford 1999).