The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered

Course handbook


Introduces key aspects of the worlds of Ancient Greece in the context of Mediterranean civilisation. Topics and the associated assessment tasks provide for significant diversity in learning styles and a better understanding of Mediterranean histories and cultures. The course employs historical, archaeological and other written and literary forms of evidence to shed light upon Greek society.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Utilise and interpret primary and secondary evidence.

2. Compare and contrast different and differing forms of evidence.

3. Relate events in their historical contexts.

4. Recognise key events, persons and their reportage.

5. Come to a reasonable conclusion or critical summary of events and their historical contexts.

6. Present well-written appreciation in researched essay-form, and a developed understanding of Classical Civilisation in the context of Mediterranean Civilisation.

7. Have developed an understanding of Greek society in historical and geographical contexts.

8. Have read and interpreted maps, time-lines, charts and visual/archaeological forms of evidence.

9. Have solved problems of evidence and appreciate the cultural diversity of Greek society.

10. Have examined internal conflicts of evidence in Greek sources in times of peace and war.

11. Have read and analysed evidence on "Free"/Citizen status and standing and contrast with ancients' views and practices of slavery for presentation of results in clear and sound researched essay-form.

12. Have examined the role of slaves in ancient societies in the context of the phenomenon of large-scale rebellion.


  • Society, households, values and culture in Greece.
  • War, warfare, generals and political strife in Athens and Sparta.
  • Slaves and slavery: Spartans and slave rebellions.
  • City life and politics in Athens.
  • Archaeology and its value for Classical Studies, and plague and disease in Athens.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay 1

Essay: Essay 2

Essay: Essay 3

Formal Examination: Final examination