• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Ancient History
  • Areas of interest Classics and Ancient History , European Languages, History, International Relations, Literature
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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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 have the knowledge and skills 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 750 words (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4,5]
Group presentation (10 minutes) 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

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 39 hours of contact: 13 hours of lectures and 26 hours of tutorials.
b) 91 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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)

Majors

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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
2808 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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