Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Explores the structure of social life, gender roles, and life styles in fifth and fourth century Greece. A major focus is on how conditions in Classical Greece affected the life course. Issues of high child mortality, attitudes to gender, and the structure of Greek funerals are explored. The impact of slavery and other statuses on education, living conditions and occupations is investigated.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2021.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Distinguish the most important sources on Greek social history with reference to their coverage and limitations.

2. Develop a critical interpretation of modern scholarship on Greek society.

3. Evaluate the structure of the course of a life in the Greek world, and differences of emphasis from the modern world.

4. Distinguish the shape of the urban environment and its impact on social structure.

5. Demonstrate skills to effectively articulate arguments succinctly and accurately in written form.


The course investigates the following topics:

  • The typical life cycle from birth to death
  • Greek attitudes to sexuality
  • Educational ideals and practice
  • Living conditions and standard occupations, including urban life and diet

Assumed knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

Assessment items

Report: A structured analytical account of a major historical event - 30%

Literature Review: A written evaluation of existing works - 30%

Essay: A written response to a question - 40%

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