Technological Wonders of Classical Antiquity I

Eleni Hasaki
WEDNESDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
June 1- June 22, 2016
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Technological Wonders of Classical Antiquity I

Summer 2016
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9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
June 1- June 22, 2016


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What were the key technologies and major technical achievements of classical Greek antiquity? This course examines two crucial and interconnected industries: ceramics and bronze-working. The two crafts are often discussed separately, but in this course we will focus on their deeply rooted connections. We will examine the qualities of the raw materials used, the technological know-how of potters and bronze-smiths, the pyrotechnological principles of their kilns and furnaces, as well as the social, political, economic, and cultural milieus that promoted their breakthroughs. We will explore their workshops, toolkits, apprenticeship structures, and technological treatises by using ancient evidence (archaeological, visual, textual) as well by witnessing their enduring qualities in modern production contexts.

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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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