The Ancient Greeks

 

This is a survey of ancient Greek history from the Bronze Age to the death of Socrates in 399 BCE. Along with studying the most important events and personalities, we will consider broader issues such as political and cultural values and methods of historical interpretation.

The Ancient Greeks course commitment 3-5 hours/week

Week 1: Prehistory to Homer

Introduction and the Minoan Civilization
The Mycenaean Civilization and Dark Ages
Homer

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Week 2: The Archaic Age (ca. 800-500 BCE)

The Polis and Greeks Overseas
Literacy, Lawgivers and Law Codes and Ares
The Lyric Poets and Hesoid

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Week 3: Two City-States: Sparta and AthensThe Ancient Greeks

Sparta
Tyrants and Sages
Athens

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Week 4: Democracy. The Persian Wars

The End of Athenian Tyranny, Democratic Revolution, and Reforms of Kleisthenes
Herodotus and Persian Wars 1
“Wooden Walls” and Persian Wars 2

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Week 5: “The Great 50 Years” (ca. 480-431 BCE)

The Delian League
Pericles, Athenian Civic Life, and Antigone
Women in Greek Society and The Periclean Building Program

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Week 6: The Peloponnesian War I

Writing the War and Outbreak
Kleon and Athenian Civic Life
The Conquest of Melos and Alcibiades

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Week 7: The End of the War, the End of the Century

Invasion and Athenians
The End of the War and the Trial of Socrates
Bonus Content: Alexander and the Macedonians

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