Department of History and Archaeology


Spring Semester, Optional course, 10 ECTS.

Instructor: David Scahill


This course examines the architecture of the 4th century as an independent system of values and as a combination of trends and phenomena within the classical period. The issues of decline and evolution from 5th century principles will also be explored.  Phenomena that typically belong to the 4th century, such as the Corinthian order, the tholoi and the choragic monuments add to the wide range of topics discussed and investigated during the seminar.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students should be familiar with:

  • The evolution of temple architecture during the 4th century in both the Greek Mainland and in Asia Minor
  • The emergence of the Corinthian order
  • The architecture of the Tholoi
  • Topography and monumental architecture in Asclepieia
  • The choragic monuments
  • The rise of the Macedonian styles
  • Early Hellenistic architecture 


Essay (3,500 – 5,000 words). A list of indicative topics is provided, but students are strongly encouraged to discuss and personalize the essay topic with the course coordinator.

In addition, students are asked to study select research papers from the existing bibliography on classical architecture and to discuss them in class.


The following works have to be studied prior to participation in the seminar.

Korres, Μ. 1994. The Architecture of the Parthenon.  In P. Tournikiotis (ed.), The Parthenon and its Impact in Modern Times. Athens: Melissa, 54-97.

Dinsmoor, W.Β. 1950. The Architecture of Ancient Greece. New York: Bible and Tannen.

Hellmann, M.-C. 2002.  L’architecture  grecque. Paris: Picard.

Hurwit, J.M. 2004. The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.