The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify key features of democratic Athens in the Classical period, its institutions and context;

2. Recognise important historical and literary themes in the development of Greek city-states;

3. Appraise 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. Evaluate ancient source material in conjunction with modern studies to establish, develop and support interpretations of the period.


  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


This course replaces AHIS3051. If you have successfully completed AHIS3051 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

Assessment items

Quiz: Short research quiz (30%)

Written Assignment: Source analysis task (30%)

Essay: Major essay (40%)

Contact hours



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


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

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