Athens and Empire

Course code AHIS2051Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

A historical study of Athens, 479-411 B.C., which involves also the study of Thucydides as a historian and Aristophanes as a source for Athenian history and society. Changes in ideas about the world, morality and the gods will also be examined, as well as the development of democratic and anti-democratic propaganda.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
ObjectivesAs a result of participating in this subject, students should develop:
1. A sound knowledge and understanding of democratic Athens in the Classical period, its institutions and context
2. Recognition of important historical and literary themes and issues; such as the growth of imperialism, stasis (or internal turmoil) in Greek city-states under crisis, the development of political "types" (oligarchs, demogogues, etc), the need for sophistry and the development of moral nihilism, the financing of democracy, etc.
3. An appreciation of the range, strengths and weaknesses of our ancient sources for fifth century Athens; from written historical texts, dramatic performances, epigraphy, to surviving art and architecture
4. Skills in using and evaluating ancient source material for gaining information, as well as using modern studies in conjunction with the ancient sources to establish, develop and support interpretations of the period.
Content1. Persia and the Greeks, Delian League
2. Thucydides
3. Democratic Government and Propaganda: the 'Golden Age' of Athens
4. Peloponnesian War
5. Comedy and War-time Athens
6. Civil Strife
7. Religious crises, Sophists and oligarchs
Replacing Course(s)AHIS3051 Athens and Empire
AHIS3050 Democratic Athens in Growth and Crisis
TransitionStudents who have completed AHIS3051 or AHIS3050 will not be eligible to enrol in AHIS2051.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units at any level in Ancient History or History
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Assessment is a combination of progressive coursework and a major essay 1. Short research paper or equivalent task @ 25% (ca. 1000 words each) Due early semester 2. Source analysis task @ 25% (ca. 1,000 words) Due mid semester 3. Major essay @ 50% (ca. 2,000 words) Due late semester
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for AHIS2051