Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0164 (AF:354047 AR:190128)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
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This course is included in the archaeological curriculum within the Bachelor's Degree programme of Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Performing Arts Management. It offers a general introduction on the prehistoric and protohistoric cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean, outlining the developments of the Bronze Age civilizations in mainland and insular Greece, as well as in western Anatolia, during the Early and Middle Bronze Age. For Minoan Crete, the programme includes the early phases of the Late Bronze Age.
At the end of the course the student will be able to contextualize the main archaeological sites of the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean, with particular reference to the mainland Greece, the Cyclades and Crete; to identify contexts and classes of materials from the Mediterranean regions discussed during the course; to communicate and discuss the main developments of the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean civilizations with a proper terminology.
It is advisable to have a basic knowledge on the methodology of the archaeological research.
The course offers a general introduction on the Neolithic and Bronze Age civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean, with specific reference to the developments of the Helladic, Cycladic, Minoan and Western Anatolia cultures in the Early and Middle Bronze Age. For Minoan Crete, the programme deals with the Late Bronze Age early too.
Books/chapters to study in order to prepare the exam:
- E. BORGNA, “La civiltà minoica”, in Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo, Il mondo antico I, 2, Roma, Salerno editrice, 2006, pp. 125-166.
- BOMBARDIERI L., GRAZIADIO G., JASINK M., Preistoria e Protostoria Egea e Cipriota, Firenze University Press 2015, pp. 1-59 (only chapters 1-2).
- DEL FREO M., PERNA M. (eds.), Manuale di epigrafia micenea, Padova 2016 (only chapters 3-5).

Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Suppl. 1970-1995, Roma, Istituto Enciclopedia Italiana, 1994-1997:
- Cicladica, Arte (J. DAVIS);
- Elladica, Arte (L. VAGNETTI);
- Minoico-Micenea, Civiltà e Arte (F. CARINCI, V. LA ROSA, L. VAGNETTI).
This part has to be integrated with images from:
- J.-C. POURSAT, L’Art égéen 1. Grèce, Cyclades, Crète jusqu'au milieu du 2. millénaire av. J.-C., Picard, 2008.
- J.-C. POURSAT, L’Art égéen 2. Mycènes et le monde mycénien, Paris, Picard, 2014.

Other books (not mandatory):
- E. H. CLINE (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology) Oxford University press, Oxford 2010.
- C. W. SHELMERDINE (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2008.
- English lessons by J. RUTTER, The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean, on
An oral exam will take place.
The questions are related to: a) Neolithic and Bronze Age chronology in the Eastern Mediterranean and relative issues; b) developments of the main civilizations of the Aegean world: Cycladic, Helladic, Minoan, and Western Anatolian in the Bronze Age. The student will be asked to identify plans/photos of archaeological sites and/or objects belonging to the artistic productions of the four aforementioned civilizations.
Traditional classroom lessons will take place. The Power Point Presentation will be used to show images and texts.
Attendance of the classes is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 14/03/2021