Technological Wonders of Classical Antiquity II

Eleni Hasaki
THURSDAYS 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018
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Technological Wonders of Classical Antiquity II

Spring 2018
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10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018


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This class continues the discussion of Technological Wonders of Classical Antiquity from 2016. While the 2016 course focused on pyrotechnology (pottery and bronze-casting), this course will emphasize stone working (sculpture and temple architecture). The 2016 course is NOT a prerequisite to this class:

What were the key technologies and major technical advancements of classical Greek antiquity? This course examines the interrelated achievements of ancient sculpture making and temple construction. From the colossal nude males of the Archaic period to the stunning nude females of Hellenistic times, sculptors continued refining their craft to challenge both material limitations and cultural norms. The construction of such wonders as the Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis required sculptors to work closely with stonemasons, gilders, and woodworkers for over a decade — a great accomplishment of architectural expertise, artistic inspiration, and managerial skill. The coordination of such a diverse group of technical specialists spanned the social strata of Athens and produced monuments that are as iconic today as they were in antiquity.

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All readings referenced in the syllabus will be distributed will be uploaded to a secure site at Box@UA. Registered students will receive the link after they register for the course.

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Meet Your Professor

School of Anthropology, Department of Classics

ELENI HASAKI is a Professor in the School of Anthropology and the Department of Religious Studies and Classics and is the Co-Director of the Laboratory for Traditional Technology at the University of Arizona. Her scholarship focuses on craft technologies of classical antiquity, the spatial organization of workshops, and craft apprenticeship. Her recent book, published in 2021, is entitled Potters at Work at Ancient Corinth: Industry, Religion, and the Penteskouphia Pinakes. She promotes big data Digital Humanities projects with the “WebAtlas of Ceramic Kilns in Ancient Greece" and with the "Social Networks of Athenian Potters.”


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