Ancient Greek Architecture Interactive

Course Synopsis

With their distinctive columns, symmetrical lines, and often ornate sculptural decoration, the structures that typify the architecture of ancient Greece are unique, evoking a world of literature, theatre, religious devotion, and conquest. They offer us not only an insight into the world of ancient Greek art and architecture, but also into the wider world of Greek culture and heritage, conveying the emergence of a Greek cultural identity. Whether you’re a budding architect or have an interest in the culture of Ancient Greece, this course will provide you with an excellent starting point for your further studies.

By analysing case studies of some of the most famous examples of Ancient Greek architectural genius, from the subtle curvature of the Parthenon to the remarkable acoustics of Greek theatres, this course lays the foundations for further study of the topic at university, whether as part of a classics, history, literature, or art degree.


What’s Included?

This course consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. The course is available to start instantly online – once enrolled, you can get started straight away.





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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 a renewed appreciation for ancient buildings and structures
  • To understand the fundamental principles involved in erecting a building
  • To gain an understanding into the methods that ancient architects would have used
  • To appreciate the social significance of certain buildings, both religious and non-religious

Key Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the purposes of a variety of ancient structures
  • Appreciate the difficulties involved in erecting certain buildings, and the solutions invented to overcome them


All courses include the following Interactive Tutorial series

Tutorial 1

Rise of a Paradigm

1-1.5 hrs

This tutorial will begin with a discussion of the most iconic example of Greek architectural genius: the Greek Temple. It will explore the different architectural elements of temples and how these differed across the three orders, as well as the methods used by architects to create these buildings of immense beauty.

Tutorial 2

Outside the Temple

1-1.5 hrs

Greek religious architecture was not confined to temples. Building on the knowledge of the Greek Temple acquired during the previous tutorial, this tutorial takes a look at a range of other religious structures. These buildings, constructed for worship, were often found within sanctuaries, and we shall consider a few sanctuary case studies in detail.

Tutorial 3

Beautifying the Space of Life

1-1.5 hrs

This tutorial examines the structures that were at the heart of public life, both for religious and leisurely reasons. It will focus on four constructions in detail, namely: the theatron, the odeion, the stoa, and the gymnasion, exploring the purposes of each type of construction and the differences in architectural technique employed in each one.

Tutorial 4

Hidden Private and Decorative Public

1-1.5 hrs

The final tutorial of the course looks at architecture in both the private and public spheres. It will begin by exploring the private homes of the Greeks, before comparing these with the elaborately-decorated public buildings that were at the heart of civic life. The tutorial will end with an exploration of colour within Ancient Greek architecture – how it was made and how it was used.

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, and related subject areas
Difficulty level: Easy
Fees £29.99
Workload 4-6 hours

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