• Class Number 6111
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ryan Strickler
    • Dr Ryan Strickler
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
    • Dr Ryan Strickler
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the historical value of ancient sources.
  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. Display insight into the ways other societies differ from our own.

Field Trips

There is no fieldwork in this course, but you are urged to consider taking one of the Centre for Classical Studies’ overseas courses later in your degree. Of particular relevance to this course, it is currently planned that ANCH2102/6102, State, sanctuary and community: archaeology of settlement and memory in ancient Greece. Course availability will be dependent on COVID status and restrictions.

Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment

Pens and brains only.

Required Resources

Prescribed text books

Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War (trans. Martin Hammond: Oxford World's Classics)

Aristophanes, Lysistrata and other plays (trans. Alan Sommerstein: Penguin Classics)

Herodotus, The Histories (trans. A. de Selincourt: Penguin Classics)

[Note: you may use a different text of Herodotus, Thucydides or of these plays by Aristophanes in another translation, so long as the translations you have divide the text into books and chapters (Herodotus, Thucydides) or give some guidance on line numbers (Aristophanes).]

The following books are recommended as background reading, especially for students who have not previously studied Greek history:

  • 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)- A copy has been placed on Course Reserve in Chifley Library.
  • Anton Powell, Athens and Sparta: constructing Greek political and social history from 478 BC (3rd ed., 2016)- Full text available through ANU Libraries.

A list of online sources will be supplied. But you should also familiarise yourself with Chifley Library and the Classics Students Reading Room in the AD Hope Building: there is a wealth of wonderful material in both collections.

Access to a good atlas of the Classical world would be advantageous.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • feedback to whole class
  • feedback to tutorials
  • individual comments on presentations
  • written comments on essays

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing requirements: A document on requirements for essays and setting out preferred style for footnoting, bibliography, etc. will be made available on Wattle. 

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture: Greeks Bearing Gifts- How the Ancient Athenians Understood their own History Tutorial 1: Understanding the Past Readings on Wattle
2 Lecture: The Rise of Athens Tutorial 2: Solon Readings on Wattle
3 Lecture: Democratic Structures and the Persian War Tutorial 3: The Causes of the Persian War Readings on Wattle
4 Lecture: Aftermath and Empire Tutorial 4: Greek Religion Readings on Wattle
5 Lecture: The Athenian Military Tutorial 5: Museum Presentations Readings on Wattle
6 Lecture: Greek Drama Tutorial 6: Museum Presentations Readings on Wattle
7 Lecture: Peloponnesian War I Tutorial 7: The Speeches of Thucydides Readings on Wattle Source Exercise Due on Monday.
8 Lecture Peloponnesian War II Tutorial 8: The Sicilian Expedition Readings on Wattle
9 Lecture: The Horrors of War Tutorial 9: Euripides, Trojan Women Readings on Wattle
10 Lecture: Greek Philosophy Tutorial 10: Paideia Readings on Wattle
11 Lecture: The Rise of Macedon Tutorial 11: Greek Oratory Readings on Wattle
12 Lecture: The Hellenistic World Tutorial 12: Women and the Family Essay Due on Monday Readings on Wattle Final examination during examination period.

Tutorial Registration

Register via Tutorial Signup Link on Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Tutorial participation 10 % 1,2,3,4,5
Source exercise 10 % 1,3,4
Museum presentation 10 % 2,4,5
Essay 30 % 1,2,3,4,5
Final examination 40 % 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Preparation for, attendance at and participation in tutorials are compulsory; the tutor will keep records of tutorial attendance. Participation involves preparation of readings and active participation in discussion.


There is one final examination during the examination period. There is no midsemester examination.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Tutorial participation

Students must read as directed in preparation for tutorials; and attend and participate fully in tutorials

Basis of assessment: Based on attendance, preparedness, and contribution to discussion in tutorials throughout the semester

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

Source exercise

You will be given a number of ancient sources and asked to answer set questions (both multiple-choice and written answers); designed to help you think about the problems of interpreting ancient sources

Due date: Monday of Week 7

Basis of assessment: Your work will be judged on your attention to detail, and your demonstrated understanding of possible interpretations of the sources set in trying to answer a limited set of questions.

Word limit: Multiple choice questions, plus up to 500 words

Value: 10%

Presentation requirements: See Wattle document on formatting of written work

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,4,5

Museum presentation

Small groups will be allocated an item from the Classics Museum and undertake research about the specific item and the generic type it represents; they will present their findings in a short joint presentation to their tutorial group in weeks 4 and 5. Each group will have an absolute maximum of 10 minutes in which to make their presentation; they will also take questions from other students. On the day of their presentation the group should also supply: a bibliography of sources used; and a 30- word caption for the object suitable for use in a museum.

Basis of assessment: Assessment will be based on thoroughness and accuracy of the research underlying your presentation; ability to engage other students in your topic, with interesting and relevant information and ideas; demonstrated ability to keep to time; and ability to answer questions from the group. An assessment rubric will be supplied on Wattle.

Word limit: Oral presentation + 30 words + bibliography

Value: 10%

Presentation requirements: Be interesting! Groups may choose to use PowerPoint in their presentation.

Individual assessment in group tasks: Marks will be allocated partly on the basis of the group’s performance and partly on the basis of the lecturer’s estimation of each individual’s preparedness, knowledge and contribution.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


An essay of approx. 1,500 words (plus footnotes and bibliography), on one of a number of topics to be set.

Due date: Monday of Week 12

Basis of assessment: You will be assessed on the degree to which you have based your work on ancient sources, the skill with which you handle ancient sources and critically examine modern arguments, your ability to engage with the topic yourself rather than relying solely on the judgements of others, your ability to write clearly and concisely, and your thoroughness in footnoting sources (both ancient and modern).

Word limit: 1,500 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography)

Value: 30%

Presentation requirements: A document on requirements for essays and setting out preferred style for footnoting, bibliography, etc. will be made available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final examination

A 3-hour examination in the final examination period (in June), with no permitted materials

Basis of assessment: The exam will ask you

(a) to answer questions of fact and interpretation, including locating relevant geographical places or areas on a map

(b) to comment on the significance of and other points of interest in three out of a number of passages selected from those you have read for tutorials; and

(c) to write essays on two out of a number of topics set, relating to a range of issues in the course

Word limit: However much you can write in 3 hours

Value: 40%

Presentation requirements: Best approaches to the exam will be discussed in tutorials in week 11.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

Hard-copy submission is not required in this course.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Work submitted through Wattle (Turnitin) will be returned through Wattle. Other marks will be posted on Wattle or sent by email.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmissions of assignments is not permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Ryan Strickler

Research Interests

Religion and authority in the ancient world, Greek and Roman religion, late-antique history and literature

Dr Ryan Strickler

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