Technological Wonders of Classical Greek Antiquity

Eleni Hasaki
FRIDAYS 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2015
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Technological Wonders of Classical Greek Antiquity

Summer 2015
In Session
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2015


Main Campus



What were the key technologies and major technical achievements of classical Greek antiquity? This course examines crucial technological wonders from ancient Greece, focusing on: temple construction (the Parthenon), the mastery of fire for bronzes (the Delphi Charioteer) and ceramics (the Euphronios Vase), and the transformation of marble into sculptures (the Aphrodite of Melos). We will look at the qualities of the raw materials used, the technological know-how of ancient craftspeople, the scientific principles of their work, the interconnection of various crafts, as well as the social, political, and cultural milieus that promoted their breakthroughs. The course also explores their workshops, toolkits, apprenticeship structures, and technological treatises. Ancient evidence (archaeological, visual, textual) and modern comparisons with traditional crafts will elucidate our discussions of these ancient masterpieces.

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There are no textbooks required for this class. Readings will be made avaiable on our password-protected website at by early April.




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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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