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Prior to August, syllabi on the Classics Department website will reflect the courses as they were offered in the last term or year.  Significant changes in emphasis in course material may occur from year to year, including grading methodology, grade weighting and assignments.   Up-to-date syllabi will be available to students by the first day of class.

CLST 303
The Archaeology of Early Greece

Winter 2014


  Dr. A. Foley
Instructor Contact Information:    613-533-6000, ext. 74826
Office:  Watson Hall, Room 506
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 a.m. or by appointment

Teaching Assistant: Sean Fenlon
TA Contact
Office Hours: TBA 

Course Goals and Objectives

This course is a general survey of Greece from the Bronze Age civilization until the end of the Archaic period, c. 3300 – 500 B.C. The primary focus is on the archaeological remains and what they reveal about this period of Greek history. We will see how Greece evolved throughout the Bronze Age, using the archaeological evidence as our guide. How did the great Late Bronze Age civilization develop? What happened to that civilization? Is the Dark Age really as dark as we often assume? These are just a few of the many questions we shall attempt to answer. We will also see how Greece gradually emerged from its impoverished state of the early Dark Age and how a national identity developed in art – pottery, sculpture, etc. – and in architecture. We will examine the main sites of this period and their growth and development from small villages to city-states.

This course is arranged chronologically, with approximately the first half devoted to the Bronze Age and the second half to the early Iron Age.

This is a lecture course in which slides will be used abundantly to illustrate the material being discussed.

    Academic Integrity

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    Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see  Academic Regulation 1), on the Arts and Science website (Faculty's Academic Integrity page) and from the instructor of this course.

    Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.

Copyright of Course Materials

The material on this website is copyrighted and is for the sole use of students registered in CLST 303. The material on this website may be downloaded for a registered student’s personal use, but shall not be distributed or disseminated to anyone other than students registered in CLST 303.  Failure to abide by these conditions is a breach of copyright, and may also constitute a breach of academic integrity under the University Senate’s Academic Integrity Policy Statement.

Grading Scheme

  • Component 1: slide test (required)     30% (date TBA)
  • Component 2: short essay (optional)  30% (date TBA)
  • Component 3: final exam                     40% (final exam period)

If you do just the test and final exam, they will each count for 50% of the mark.

Examination and Test Policy

Examinations should be taken at the scheduled time and date. In certain exceptional circumstances, the instructor might grant the student the opportunity to write an exam outside of the regularly scheduled time. All such arrangements must be agreed upon by the instructor before the time of the regularly scheduled exam and will require the appropriate documentation. The format of any such special exams will be determined by the instructor and may differ considerably from that of the exam written by the rest of the class. (Note in particular that no deferrals will be given to students who are out of town during the December or April exams, so do not book travel until you know your exam times.)


All components of this course will receive letter grades which, for purposes of calculating your course average, will be translated into numerical equivalents using the Faculty of Arts and Science approved scale:

Arts & Science Letter Grade Input Scheme

Assignment mark

Numerical value for calculation of final mark

























F48 (F+)


F24 (F)


F0 (0)


Your course average will then be converted to a final letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:

Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale


Numerical Course Average (Range)


























49 and below 

Late PolicyLate essays will have one letter grade subtracted for every two days late.

Electronic Devices in the Classroom

The Department of Classics believes that maintaining an atmosphere of respect and consideration in the classroom is an important part of the pursuit of free intellectual enquiry. The use of electronic devices in the classroom can be disruptive to both the instructor and to other students, and thus we are introducing guidelines on their use. These guidelines will follow the procedure explained in Section 14 of the Student Code of conduct.

1. All electronic devices are to be used only for course-related reasons, and only when the instructor permits. The use of laptops is restricted to note-taking only.
2. In some courses in CLST, LATN or GREK laptops may not be permitted. You will be told in class by your instructor if this is the case. If the use of laptops is permitted, please understand that their use is restricted to note-taking.
3. The use of recording devices for lectures is not allowed unless you have requested and been given the express permission of the instructor of the course.


John Griffiths Pedley, Greek Art and Archaeology (5th edition, 2012, but older editions are also acceptable)

A good general survey is also provided by W. Biers, The Archaeology of Greece. Other recommended texts are:

  • O. Dickinson, The Aegean Bronze Age
  • J.N. Coldstream, Geometric Greece
  • A. M. Snodgrass, Archaic Greece

These are available in the library on reserve:

  • Weeks 1-6 (Bronze Age): Pedley, p.11 – 101,  Dickinson
  • Weeks 7-8: Pedley p. 102 – 119,   Coldstream
  • Weeks 9-12: Pedley, p. 120 – 205,   Snodgrass

Course Outline

Week 1

  •             Introduction, general history
  •             Early Bronze Age

Week 2

  •             Early Minoan, Middle Bronze Age
  •             Middle Minoan, palaces

Week 3

  •             Middle Minoan palaces, art
  •             Late Minoan pottery, shaft graves

Week 4

  •             Thalassocracy of Minos, Thera
  •             15 th century

Week 5

  •             Mycenaean palaces
  •             Epigraphy, religion, trade

Week 6

  •             Fall of Mycenaean civilization
  •             Fall of Mycenaean civilization

Week 7

  •             Test (tentative date)
  •             Protogeometric period

Week 8

  •             Geometric period, general
  •             Regional Late Geometric

Week 9

  •             Renewal of eastern contacts
  •             Regional survey: 7 th century

Week 10

  •             Early Architecture
  •             Temples

Week 11

  •             7 th and 6 th century sculpture

Week 12

  •             Black Figure Pottery
  •             Synthesis


Learning Hours

Teaching Method Average Hours per Week Number of Weeks Total Hours
In-Class Hours Lectures 3 12 36
Group Learning      
Individual Instruction      
Other Online Activities      
Private Study 6 15 90
Total Learning Hours     126

Disability Accommodations

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