North Greece: From Delphi to Byzantine Glory

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North Greece: From Delphi to Byzantine Glory

<p>Most travellers to Greece are drawn to the islands after a compulsory stop in Athens. Yet a different world of treasures awaits those who venture north of Athens – sites in Macedonia that relate

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Most travellers to Greece are drawn to the islands after a compulsory stop in Athens. Yet a different world of treasures awaits those who venture north of Athens – sites in Macedonia that relate to Philip and Alexander; the glories of Byzantine art and architecture at Meteora and Thessalonika, isolated classical theatres, Roman remains, and the mystical site of Delphi, home of the Oracle of Apollo. Add in wild and mountainous countryside, and glimpses of Ottoman rule, to complete an overview of less-visited areas of Greece.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction. The geography of North Greece. Neolithic and Bronze Age sites (Orchomenos). The Iron Age at Dodona and Eretria. Delphi – sanctuary of Apollo, and international Hellenism.
  • Rise of Macedonia under Phillip and Alexander. Important sites – Vergina, Pella, associated tombs. Hellenistic Dodona and the sanctuary of Zeus. Conquest by Rome. Dion, Isis and Zeus. Roman Thessalonica.
  • The Byzantine world of North Greece. Early Christian churches at Thessalonica. Mosaic splendour at Ossios Loukias and Daphni. Late Byzantine glory – the monasteries of Meteora.
  • Smaller Byzantine sites – Arta, Metsovo. Ottoman life seen at Ioninna, Edessa and Thessalonica. Village life. Conclusion.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify developments in the architecture of the periods and places studied.
  2. Discuss aspects of the history of Macedonia, and the early Christian world.
  3. Comment on art historical methodology in the study of ancient artworks.
  4. Plan an informed itinerary and visit to the sites described.
  5. Investigate sources of further study.