Ancient Greek Art Interactive

Course Synopsis

The legacy of the ancient Greeks is still as strong today as it ever was, and no more so than in the area of art. The art of ancient Greece has inspired many artists – painters, poets, potters, sculptors, architects, and more – over the centuries, and is still admired by connoisseurs today for its beauty, intricacy, and for the reflection it offers of the people who created it.

Yet the topic of ‘ancient Greek Art’ is as broad as the period of the ancient Greeks itself, a period that spans not only time but also place, and which saw many separate peoples and regions flourish throughout the Greek and Mediterranean world. A study of ancient Greek Art also spans multiple disciplines, as the art of the ancient Greeks served far more than just an aesthetic function, providing functionality in the case of pots, stability in the case of architecture, and symbolic meaning in the case of sculpture, and much more besides.

This course will attempt to offer an overview of the evolution of ancient Greek Art from the Protogeometric period to the end of the Hellenistic period. We will examine a whole range of art forms including vases, paintings, architecture, and sculpture, looking at each from a variety of different perspectives. We will also explore some of the methods used by the creators of these works of art. This course lays the foundation for further study of the topic at university, whether as part of a classics, history or art degree, or for anyone with a keen interest in Art and ancient Greece.


What’s Included?





Personal Profile

Interactive Tutorials

Quizzes and Exams


Why Take This Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying art, classics, or ancient history at university.

Aims and Objectives

  • To gain an appreciation for the evolution of art in the ancient Greek world
  • To understand the influences that shaped the development of ancient Greek art
  • To be able to discuss a wide range of art forms, their functions, and their wider significance for classical studies

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Trace the evolution of Greek art from its geometrical origins to its sophisticated forms in the Hellenistic era
  • Understand the purposes and functions of a wide range of Greek art forms
  • Discuss with confidence the characteristics of the main periods of Greek art


All courses include the following Interactive Tutorial series

Tutorial 1

Periods & Styles in Greek Art

1-1.5 hrs

This tutorial introduces students to the main periods that historians and classicists use to study ancient Greek Art, and the characteristics of each period. We will trace the development of art from the Protogeometric period to the Hellenistic period.

Tutorial 2

Vases & Pottery

1-1.5 hrs

This tutorial takes a closer look at some of the objects that we most associate with the ancient world - vases, jugs, and pottery. It looks at the different types of vessel made by the Greeks, as well as the ways in which these were decorated.

Tutorial 3

Rare Survivors

1-1.5 hrs

This tutorial moves away from mainstream forms of Greek art, looking at other objects of which fewer examples have survived the test of time, particularly in the case of painting. Despite this, we shall see that some extraordinary examples of Greek painting have survived, and will explore these among other objects.

Tutorial 4

Messages & Meaning

1-1.5 hrs

This final tutorial moves away from the aesthetic experience of Greek art and focuses on the messages and meaning that Greek art conveyed to its contemporary audience. We shall see that such messages covered a diverse range of areas, including religion, warfare, mythology, politics, and more.

What’s Included?

All courses contain the following elements:

Interactive Tutorials
Online Quizzes
Access to the discussion forum
Access to all course resources
Certificate of completion

Key Details

Course Pre-Requisites Fluent/advanced level of English
Interest and enthusiasm for the ancient world
Course Level For students applying/thinking of applying to university
This course is an area-specific course, designed to expand your knowledge of Classics, History, Art, and related subject areas
Difficulty level: Easy
Fees £29.99
Workload 4 - 6 hours

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