Objectives: (1) to become comfortable using Perseus as a research and learning tool (2) to become familiar with the basic monuments of Athens (and to be able to identify them on plans and in photos) (3) to learn about the Athenian buildings and sculpture of the High Classical period, and our sources of information about it.
NOTE: Perseus only wants SINGLE CLICKS!! Even though you're used to double-clicking, try to avoid it, since this tends to lock up the computer (because you've issued too many commands). IF the screen does freeze, hold down the Apple key and type a period to unfreeze it.
To Start up Perseus, launch the Perseus Player. This can be found in the folder Local Stacks in the CAS lab, and from the CLS101/ART 382 customized menu in the ILRC.
The first thing you should see is the Gateway, whence you can access all the resources in Perseus.
The other thing you will see is the Navigator strip, which helps you to move around in Perseus. IF YOU LOOSE THIS, IT CAN BE FOUND AS THE FIRST ITEM UNDER THE PERSEUS PULL-DOWN MENU. The navigator bar includes, among other things:
(a) the central temple icon -- this takes you to the Gateway
(b) the bent arrow -- this retraces your steps through Perseus and
(c) the question mark -- this takes you to the help documentation for whatever stack or card you're looking at it (not all stacks have help, but many do).
The plans -- from the "Plan of the ancient city (large)" you will note that some areas become darkened as you scroll over them. Clicking on one of the dark areas will take you to the large site plan for that particular section of the city (e.g. the Agora).
A VERY COOL feature of the large site plans (for Akropolis and Agora and large plan of Athens) are the Image buttons. Choose "Show Image Buttons" from the Plan Menu, and you'll see some triangular buttons appear on the plan. Clicking on one will show you what the site looks like when viewed from that vantage point facing in the direction of the arrow.
ANOTHER COOL feature of the large plans of the Agora and Akropolis is building identification. Click on the building to find out what it is, AND have the opportunity to go to the plan or architecture catalogue for that bulding (or just click cancel if ID is all you wanted).
2. For the Periklean Building Program, start with the brief introduction to the Periklean Building Program in the Historical Overview (this is on the Gateway). scroll down in the index until you get to 9. Athenian Empire in the Golden Age, then to 9.4. Click to go there. On this page you will see some links to primary sources -- click on the underlined text and hold to see the choices. You should investigate each of these, beginning with the texts. When reading these texts, remember to use the arrow key on your keyboard OR on the navigator to "turn the page".
3. Questions about Athens in general (mostly review) and the Periklean building program:
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