• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Paul Burton
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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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.

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Source exercise 750 words (10%) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Tutorial participation (10%) (10) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  3. Group presentation (10 minutes) and reference sheet (museum) (10%) (10) [LO 2,4,5]
  4. One 1,500 word essay (30%) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. One three-hour exam in the examination period (40%) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities (tutorials).

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH6103.

Prescribed Texts

Thucydides, Peloponnesian War [edition to be prescribed]
Aristophanes, Acharnians, Clouds, Lysistrata [edition to be prescribed]
Other texts (Euripides, law-court speeches, etc. will be supplied.

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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9298 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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