Course Title:  01:082:342  Early Greek Art

Academic Credits:  3 credits

Mode of Instruction:  Lecture

Course Prerequisites:  None

Core Curriculum: None

Course Description:

Survey of art in the Aegean from the early Bronze Age through the Archaic period (ca. 2500-500 BC).

Learning Goals:

Required and Recommended Course Materials:

  • Hurwit, Jeffrey Art and Culture in Early Greece (Ithaca 1985).
  • McInerney, Jeremy Ancient Greece: a New History (New York, New York 2018).


There will be no mid-term as such. On the mornings of October 17, November 4 and December 2 a quiz will be given at the beginning of class. The average of each student's quizzes will count 40% of that student's final grade. One unexcused absence will be allowed from these quizzes, but, if all three are taken, the lowest of the three grades will be dropped in calculating the average.


A 5 pp. paper is another course requirement. The paper should discuss a piece of Minoan, Mycenaean or early (no later than Archaic) Greek Art in one of the local museums, i.e. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Newark Museum, or the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Alternatively, those venturing further afield during the next few months might take advantage of other notable collections of early Greek Art in such North American institutions as the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Sackler Art Museum at Harvard, the Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum in Providence, the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, the Cleveland Art Museum, the De Menil Collection in Houston, the J.P. Getty Museum in Los Angeles (and/or Malibu), and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, etc., etc. The paper is intended as an exercise in the student’s ability to research the chosen piece and discuss it in well-composed expository prose. Graduate students taking the course for credit should write a 10pp. The paper will be due on Dec. 5 and will count 30% of the final grade.

The final exam will be given on date to be announced. The final exam will be taken from a list of essay questions handed out several weeks before the exam is given. The final will count 40% of each student's final grade. In addition to this syllabus, the images of each lecture will be posted on the course sakai web site in its PowerPoint format




Professor John Kenfield

Disclaimer:  These course descriptions/synopses pages have been provided as samples and the information should not be considered accurate or current.  For actual course information, refer to the course site hosted by a Rutgers Learning Management System (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) as of first day of class.