The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of democratic Athens in the Classical period, its institutions and context

2. Show 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. Demonstrate 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. Demonstrate 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.


  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

Written Assignment: Short research paper

Written Assignment: Source analysis task

Essay: Major essay