- Code ANCH6103
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
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.
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. Evaluate critically the historical value of ancient sources.
2. Research and write at an advanced level about ancient Athens, democracy and the Empire.
3. Skilfully construct and criticise arguments.
4. Effectively present material orally and in writing, including explaining research ideas to a group
5. Display sophisticated insight into the ways other societies differ from our own.
Indicative AssessmentSource exercise 750 words (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4,5]
In-class seminar presentation (20 minutes) (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5]
One 3,000 word essay (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
One three-hour exam in the examination period (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities (tutorials).
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThucydides, Peloponnesian War [edition to be prescribed]
Aristophanes, Acharnians, Clouds, Lysistrata [edition to be prescribed]
Other texts (Euripides, law-court speeches, etc. will be supplied.
Preliminary ReadingAnton Powell, Athens and Sparta: constructing Greek political and social history from 478 BC (3rd ed.)
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)
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