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CLST 404*/0.5  3L/S
The Topography of Athens 
Fall 2013


Instructor: F. Colivicchi
Office: Room 502, Watson Hall
Phone: (613) 533-6000, ext. 74821

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Course Description

The course will study the long process of development of the city of Athens and the settlement pattern in its territory from the Bronze Age to the end of the Ancient World and beyond. The building policy and the efforts of urban planning by political authorities, wealthy benefactors and Roman emperors will be investigated. The post-Antique history of the city and the role played by Athens and its myth in the Western culture will be treated as well. Each student will study a building or complex, will present it to the class for discussion and will write a detailed research paper on it (10-15 pages).


 Building Presentation 20 %

Research Paper 25 %

Mid-term Exam 25 % (20 short answers/filling the blanks, worth 3 each; 2 longer answers - at least half a page long - worth 20 each).

Final Exam 25 % (as above)

Attendance and Participation 5 %

Required Texts

John McK. Camp, The Archaeology of Athens (New Haven, 2001)
ISBN #  0300101511

Reference Books (available at the Stauffer Library. On reserve – 24 Hour loan)

  • J.M. Hurwit, The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles (Cambridge 2004). DF287.A2 H87 2004
  • H. Goette, Athens, Attica, and the Megarid: An Archaeological Guide (London 2001) Electronic resource
  • J.M. Hurwit, The Athenian Acropolis: History, Mythology, and Archaeology from the Neolithic Era to the Present (Cambridge1999) DF287 .A2 H87 1999
  • J.M. Camp, The Athenian Agora: Excavations in the Heart of Classical Athens (London 1986). DF287 .A23 C36 1986t
  • R.E. Wycherley, The Stones of Athens (Princeton 1978). DF275 .W92
  • R. Stillwell, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites (Princeton 1976). DE59 .P7
  • H.A. Thompson, and R.E. Wycherley, The Agora of Athens: The History, Shape, and Uses of an Ancient City Center. Athenian Agora XIV (Princeton 1972). DF287 .A23 A5 v.014
  • J. Travlos, A Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Athens (London 1971). NA280 .T7
  • I.T. Hill, The Ancient City of Athens, its Topography and Monuments (Cambridge 1953). DF275 .H64
  • W. Judeich, Topographie von Athen (Munich 1931). PA25 .H24 pt.003 no.002 v.002

 Class Schedule

Week 1
Sept 9; Sept 12

  • Course presentation. Tools for the study of ancient Athens. What is a city? Ancient and modern perspectives.The site of Athens and its setting, roads, natural resources.  
  • The origins. Mycenean Athens.
  • Camp pp. 1-20

Week 2
Sept 16; Sept 19

  • Archaeology of Athens and Attica from the “Dark Age” to the 7th century
  • Camp pp. 21-26

Week 3
Sept 23; Sept 26

  • Athens under the tyrants
  • Camp pp. 26-39 

Week 4
Sept 30; Oct 3

  • The early Democracy and the Persian wars
  • Themistokles and Kimon
  • Camp pp. 39-72

Week 5
Oct 7; Oct 10

  • Periklean Athens
  • Camp pp. 72-90, 100-101

Week 6

  • Oct 14 Thanksgiving No Class
  • Oct 17 Midterm Exam

Week 7
Oct 21; Oct 24

  • Periklean Athens (2)
  • Other projects of the second half of the 5th century
  • Camp pp. 90-100, 102-137

Week 8
Oct 28; Oct 31

  • 4th century Athens
  • Camp pp. 137-160

Week 9
Nov 4; Nov 7

  • City and country in classical Attica

Week 10
Nov 11; Nov 14

  • Hellenistic Athens
  • Camp pp. 161-182

Week 11
Nov 18; Nov 21

  • Athens from the Roman conquest to the Antonines.
  • Camp pp. 183-222

Week 12
Nov 25; Nov 28

  • Late Roman and Medieval Athens. The myth of Athens and the modern rediscovery of the city
  • Camp pp. 223-244


Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate  Report on Principles and Priorities)

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 Regulations), on the Arts and Science website 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.

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