Athens and Empire

Description

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.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

  1. 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): AHIS3051. Students who have successfully completed AHIS3051 are not eligible to enrol in AHIS2051.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Short research paper

Written Assignment: Source analysis task

Essay: Major essay

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Two hours per week: weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term

Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12