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.
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.
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 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