History and Civilizations

Course Title

History and Civilizations

Course Code


Type of Course

Compulsory Selective Course, 7 hours/week (3 theory + 2 tutorial + 2 workshop)

Course Level




ECTS Credits

6 (4+2)

Professor (-s)

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the history of civilizations (mythology and religions, oral and written speech, human societies etc.).

Comprehension of the civilization’s meaning as a set of values.

Application of the historical methodology for the approach of the artistic phenomenon as a total social phenomenon.

Analysis of works of art and their connection to the surrounding historical frame.

Synthesis of the data that describe a cultural system in order to proceed to interpretative-critical proposals for the artistic phenomenon.

Evaluation of the artistic phenomenon by using the notion of style.

Teaching Approach

Interaction presentation-lecture with the use of power point. Utilization of internet sources, especially data bases and multiple bibliography. In Tutorial, small project groups with emphasis on critical analysis-composition of data and use of bibliography.

Prerequisite Courses

Recommended Courses in the Curiculum

Aesthetics and Pedagogy – Musical Ensembles IV
Aesthetics of Traditional Music – Musical Ensembles III
Anthropology of Music
Administrative and Economic Mechanisms in the Balkans (15th-20th Cent)
Music Criticism – Music Ensembles V
Auditory Culture
History of the Greek State Institutions
Historical Documentation and Music Research
Methodology of Research
Music and Media
Music Identities
Music Cultures around the World
Music Production
New Hellenism: Political History, Ideology and Legislation
Cultural Management

Course Content

The science of history, its subject and its use, its relation to archives, sources and bibliography, as well as other social and humanitarian sciences. Methodology. Meaning of the terms "culture" and "civilization". History of civilizations.

Historical review of art through applied iconology. The study of the works of art is connected to the analysis of the forms and it gives emphasis to the vocabulary of styles.

Recommended Bibliography

    Barthes R., Mythologies, Seuil, Paris 1957

Barthes R., Critique et vérité, Seuil, Paris 1999

Belting H., The end of the History of Art?, University of Chicago Press 1987

Bourdieu P., Microcosmes. Trois études de champs (receuil de textes traduit en grec), Δελφίνι, Αθήνα 1992

Braudel F., Grammaire des civilisations, Athaud, Paris 1987

Gombrich E. H., The Story of Art, Phaidon, London 1950

Goodman N., Languages of Art. Hackett Publishing Company, 1976

Greenberg C., Art and Culture, Beacon Press, 1961

Iggers G., Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge, Wesleyan University Press 2005

Κασδά Π., Το συνειδητό μάτι, Αιγόκερως, Αθήνα 1988

Στεφανίδης Μ., Ο πολιτισμός στην εποχή της μελαγχολίας, Πολύτυπο, Αθήνα 2004

Learning Exercises

Approach of the cultural meaning through weekly projects that teach scientific textbooks evaluation, reading, analysis, critique, summary, research and noting bibliography. Single and group presentation, written and oral.

Teaching Methods

Comparative and transhistorical approaches, case studies. Interactive teaching, projection of static and animated images.

Criteria and Methods of Evaluation

Diagnostic, formative and total evaluation. The criteria are the ability to compose and to make a personal interpretative proposition.

In both the Workshop and Theory, written examination at the end of the semester with open notes. In Tutorial, weekly personal projects, single and group, written and oral. Open correction, with the participation of students and wide use of tele-education.

Teaching Language