Ancient Greek Jewelry

Instructor: Prof. Dimitris Plantzos

This course offers a comprehensive account of the history of ancient Greek jewelry, from c. 1600 BC to c. AD 300, with an emphasis on its forms and types, imagery and content, interpretation, and cultural significance.

Instruction will be in the form of richly illustrated lectures followed by question-and-answer sessions. Students will be given access to all relevant teaching materials, including the images discussed in class.

Assessment: by written exam (2 hours).

Selected bibliography:

  • Aik. Despini, Ancient Gold Jewellery. Athens: Ekdotike Athinon (1996).
  • E. Kypraiou (ed.), Greek Jewellery. 6,000 Years of Tradition. Athens: Ministry of Culture (1997), pp. 15-22, 61-70.
  • D. Plantzos, Hellenistic Engraved Gems. Oxford: Oxford University Press (1999).
  • D. Plantzos, Greek Art and Archaeology, c. 1200-30 BC. Atlanta, GA: Lockwood Press (2016), pp. 60-62, 138-139, 216-220, 287-290.
  • T.J. Smith and D. Plantzos (eds), A Companion to Greek Art. Oxford and Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell (2012), chapter 10.
  • D. Williams and J. Ogden, Greek Gold. Jewellery of the Classical World (1994).


About Dimitris Plantzos

Dimitris Plantzos is a classical archaeologist, educated at Athens and Oxford. He has published on Greek art, the development of classical archaeology as a discipline in the twentieth century, and on modern receptions of classical heritage. He teaches classical archaeology at the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Athens. He is the director of the Argos Orestikon Excavation Project (Kastoria, Greece) and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London.

He can be accessed via e-mail: Several of his publications are available through