Günter H. Kopcke

Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities

PhD 1962, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany
At the IFA since 1969

Research interests

Primary: Art and 2nd mill. Mediterranean integration: Crete; art and Greek progress from infiltration to Greek statehood, 2nd – 1st mill.; political origin and role of Classical art.
Secondary: Europe, 6th c. B.C. – 6th c. A.D. – ‘Rome North of the Alps’: present and antiquity.

Sample courses

A Question: The Effect of Crete [second / first mill.]
Metal and Clay – Oppositions in Greek History [second / first mill.]
‘The Heart’s Desire’ and other Reasons: Inquiry into the Popularity of Greek Art [second / first mill.]
Greek Art as Political Idea [second / first mill.]
Sculpture of the Athenian Democracy to Pericles
The Phoenicians, 12th – 6th c. B.C.
Rome North of the Alps

Selected publications

“Mycenaean Kingship – A Speculative View.” In Commerce and Monetary Systems in the Ancient World: Means of Transmission and Cultural Interaction. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2004.

"Akrotiri: West House. Some Reflections." In Meletemata. Studies in Aegean Archaeology Presented to Malcolm H. Wiener.Aegaeum, 1999.

Kapitel M, Handel: die Denkmäler und das frühgreichische Epos. Archaeologia Homerica, edited by H.G. Buchholz. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1990.


Excavations in Olympia, on Samos and on Samothrace, at Tel Hadar (Israel)
Since 1969 in New York
Zürich University, 1967 – 1969
Munich, Glyptothek, 1962 – 1965
Attended University at Tübingen, Basel and Munich, 1955 - 1962