Palaces of Minoan Crete
Instructor: Professor Betancourt
The Bronze Age Minoan palaces at Knossos, Malia,
Phaistos, and elsewhere were great patrons of the arts, and the finest
examples of Minoan painting, pottery, sculpture, and other media were
produced by the palatial workshops. This seminar will examine the palatial
styles in several media, with student presentations on Kamares Ware,
frescoes, bronze sculpture, and other arts. It will also examine the
history of the palace system in Bronze Age Crete, from its beginnings
to its full development in the second half of the second millennium
The course will include lectures by the instructor,
guest speakers, student reports, and examination of the collection at
the University Museum.
Two 50-minute seminar reports and a written term
paper are required for the course.