Faculty Profile

Christofilis Maggidis

Associate Professor of Archaeology; Christopher Roberts Chair in Archaeology (2001)

Contact Information

maggidic@dickinson.edu

Archaeology
717.245.1014
http://users.dickinson.edu/~maggidic/

Bio

Maggidis is currently Director of Glas, Assistant to the Director of Mycenae, and President of the Mycenaean Foundation with nearly three decades of field experience at major archaeological sites, including Mycenae, Glas, Crete (Archanes, Idaion Cave), and Akrotiri (Thera). Since receiving his post-doctorate from Brown University and a research fellowship from Harvard, his research and teaching interests focus primarily on Minoan and Mycenaean art and archaeology, but they also include topics in Greek sculpture and architecture. Maggidis is the author of many articles, international conference papers, and three forthcoming books.

Education

  • B.A., University of Athens, 1988
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1994

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

ARCH 120 Greek Art & Archaeology
Cross-listed with ARTH 205-02 and CLST 221-01.

ARTH 205 Greek Art & Archaeology
Cross-listed with ARCH 120-01 and CLST 221-01.A general introduction to the art and archaeology of ancient Greece from Prehistoric to Hellenistic times: Bronze Age civilizations (Cycladic, NE Aegean and Trojan, Minoan, Helladic/Mycenaean); Protogeometric, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greece. A survey of architecture (temple, secular funerary), sculpture, vase-painting, monumental painting, metalwork, and minor arts of these periods, both on mainland Greece and in the Greek colonies (Asia Minor, Pontus, Syria, Phoenice, Egypt, S.I Italy and Sicily); comparative study of typological, iconographical, stylistic, and technical aspects and developments; styles and schools, regional trends, historical contextualization of ancient Greek art and brief consideration of socio-economic patterns, political organization, religion, and writing. Evaluation of the ancient Greek artistic legacy and contribution to civilization. Field trips to archaeological collections and Museums.

CLST 221 Greek Art & Archaeology
Cross-listed with ARCH 120-01 and ARTH 205-02.

ARCH 300 Arch Theory & Interpretation
Cross-listed with ANTH 300-01.

ANTH 300 Arch Theory & Interpretation
Cross-listed with ARCH 300-01.

ARCH 500 Independent Study

Spring 2017

ARCH 130 Roman Archaeology
Cross-listed with CLST 224-01.

ARCH 200 The Olympic Games
Cross-listed with CLST 200-02. A survey of the origins, birth, and historical development of the Olympic Games in antiquity. This course examines the principles and organization of the games, the types of games and their rules, their natural and architectural setting in Olympia, and their religious context through an interdisciplinary and comparative study of archaeological, historical and iconographical evidence: famous athletes, interaction with the spectators, prizes and honors to Olympic victors, Olympic incidents. The bonding role of the panhellenic Olympic games for the Greeks as a people and the contribution of the Games in the emergence of ancient democracy. Comparisons will be made with the modern Olympics and assessment of the lasting impact of the Olympic Games upon on our modern world.

CLST 200 The Olympic Games
Cross-listed with ARCH 200-01. A survey of the origins, birth, and historical development of the Olympic Games in antiquity. This course examines the principles and organization of the games, the types of games and their rules, their natural and architectural setting in Olympia, and their religious context through an interdisciplinary and comparative study of archaeological, historical and iconographical evidence: famous athletes, interaction with the spectators, prizes and honors to Olympic victors, Olympic incidents. The bonding role of the panhellenic Olympic games for the Greeks as a people and the contribution of the Games in the emergence of ancient democracy. Comparisons will be made with the modern Olympics and assessment of the lasting impact of the Olympic Games upon on our modern world.

CLST 224 Roman Archaeology
Cross-listed with ARCH 130-01.

ARCH 320 Ancient Greek Democracy
Born in ancient Greece, democracy is the most important original contribution to humanity, literally shaping public life, personal freedom, civil rights, education and intellectual advancement ever since, therefore forming the cornerstone of our modern ‘western’ civilization. This seminar ventures an interdisciplinary investigation of ancient democracy (with special emphasis on the ancient Athenian democracy), its origins, history and evolution, rise and fall, and its diachronic legacy. This interdisciplinary survey will involve a complex multivariate approach and a challenging synthesis of diverse evidence, including ancient literary sources and testimonia; historical accounts and epigraphic evidence on the laws, principles, structure, organization and function of various democratic institutions, offices, and procedures; the archaeological record (monuments and finds); iconographical evidence in contemporary sculpture and vase-painting. Discussions will then focus on the pathology of democracy, an analysis of its diagnostic features and diachronic values, and an evaluation of the legacy and influence of ancient democracy on the earliest modern democratic systems, and an assessment of the variant forms of modern revivals.