The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Focuses upon Spartan history from her ancient origins down to the 4th Century BCE and key aspects of her political and social organisation and practice. Emphasis will be placed upon the use of ancient source material in translation (incorporating Greek and Roman value terms) in conjunction with modern scholarly opinion.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): AHIS3150. Students who have successfully completed AHIS3150 are not eligible to enrol in AHIS2110.

Learning outcomes

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

1. 1. Knowledge of Sparta, her history, culture, and tradition in antiquity 1.1 To offer students a sound, discipline-based study of Sparta 1.2 To foster an interest in the course and its various components

2. 2. Appreciation and the influence of Sparta 2.1 To establish and develop connections between Sparta, her history, culture and tradition and other courses taught within the field of humanities 2.2 To encourage and strengthen linkages between the artistic and cultural worlds of ancient Greece and Rome and the historical and social environments of Western society

3. 3. The Development of Communication Skills 3.1 Oral communication 3.2 Written communication 3.3 Electronic communication

4. 4. Research Development 4.1 Independent research skills 4.2 An ability to communicate the products of research in a clear, concise and analytical manner


An Introduction to the Course:

  • Aims at Teaching Methodology and Difficulties in dealing with the evidence
  • Early Sparta from Mykenaian times to the end of the 8th Century BC
  • The Lykurgan System and Spartan institutions
  • Sparta and the Greeks from the 6th to the 4th Centuries BC
  • Religion and Cult; the special status of Women
  • The Decline of Sparta as a Power in the mid-4th Century BC
  • Sparta through the eyes of ancient Philosophers and Historians: Ideal versus Reality


This course replaces AHIS3150. If you have successfully completed AHIS3150 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Source Analysis exercise

Written Assignment: Tutorial Paper

Essay: Major Essay

Quiz: Take-home Text Analysis and Quiz