Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Athanasio Papalexandrou

Associate ProfessorPh.D., Princeton University

Athanasio Papalexandrou



Early Greek Visual Culture, Interconnections between Greece & Near East, Art & Archaeology of Cyprus, Greek Sanctuaries. Art as a Means ofCommunication in Preliterate Societies


Assistant Professor Nassos Papalexandrou, a specialist in Greek Art and Archaeology, joined the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History in 2002. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University focusing on the ritual dimensions of Early Greek figurative art. Prior to teaching at The University of Texas at Austin, he taught at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and spent the 2001-02 academic year as a research fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC. His first book, The Visual Poetics of Power: Warriors, Youths, and Tripods in Early Greece was published in 2005. He is currently working on a second book that explores the role of monsters in the arts and rituals of Early Greece. He offers undergraduate classes on various aspects of Greek Art and Archaeology (Myth in Images in Greek and Roman Antiquity, Art and Archaeology of Greek Sanctuaries, Visual Culture of Preliterate Greece). His graduate seminars explore various themes regarding the Art and Culture of Early Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean (11-6 centuriesBCE), such as the Orientalizing Phenomenon and Art as a Means of Communication in Preliterate Societies. Since 1999 Papalexandrou has been excavating a large public building of Cypro-Archaic date (ca. late 6th c. BCE) at Polis tis Chysochou, Cyprus.


MES 320 • Art/Archaeol Of Anc Near East

41600 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm ART 1.120

A vast and complicated mosaic of peoples and cultures, the civilization of the ancient Near East is crucial for understanding the origins of western civilization. This course will survey crucial aspects of the dynamic interaction of landscape and people, the development of urbanism and social complexity, cross-cultural encounters, and the development of crucial phenomena such as the development of writing, figuration, art, and monumental architecture. Last but not least, this course will explore the recent shaping of the region as an arena for colonial action which resulted in the dissemination of its cultural treasures all around the world. Considering that the contemporary Near East is essentially an artificial construct of colonial powers, it is imperative that we consider in depth how this situation affects contemporary understanding and analysis of material culture and art. 



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There will be three hourly exams, term paper, and a major component of the grade will be determined by participation in class discussions or presentations. More information will be provided by the instructor.


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