• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Ancient History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Peter Londey
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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The democratic Athens of the 5th century BC has seemed to many the high point of Greek history, a period in which Athens became both one of the world's first democratic states and the most powerful state in the Greek world. It was also a time of a tremendous flowering in art and literature.  This course will centre around a reading of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, one of the greatest historical works ever written.  Thucydides describes Athens’ acquisition of its empire, followed by the descent of the Greek world into a long, destructive, brutalising war between Athens and Sparta.  The course will also examine Athenian social and cultural history, using inscriptions, works by Euripides and Aristophanes, and law-court speeches.

 

Course Outline

Greek states and society

The classical Athenian democracy

The Athenian empire

Greek warfare, society and culture

Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read ancient sources critically.
  2. Research and write about ancient Athens, democracy and the Empire.
  3. Construct and criticise arguments.
  4. Effectively present material orally and in writing.
  5. Understand the ways other societies differ from our own.

Other Information

Course information, further reading and lecture recordings will be provided on Wattle.

Indicative Assessment

Source exercise (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Tutorial participation(10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4,5]
Group presentation and reference sheet (museum) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5]
One 1,500 word essay (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
One three-hour exam in the examination period (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

The course consists of one 1–hour lecture, one 2–hour tutorial, and seven hours of associated study time per week.

Prescribed Texts

Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War (edition to be announced).

JACT, The world of Athens: an introduction to classical Athenian culture (2nd. ed., revised by R. Osborne: Cambridge, CUP, 2008) [recommended book]

Preliminary Reading

Recommended preliminary reading: S.B. Pomeroy, S.M. Burstein, W. Donlan and J.T. Roberts, Ancient Greece: a political, social, and cultural history (3rd ed.: New York, Oxford University Press, 2011)

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3515 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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