Course Description

European History

HIEU 2031

Ancient Greece

Fall 2016

History of Ancient Greece from the Homeric period to the death of Alexander the Great.  Development of the city-state, Athenian democracy, and the nature of Greek politics; the conflict between Greece and Persia, and between Sparta and the Athenian naval empire; consequences of the latter conflict--the Peloponnesian War--for subsequent Greek history; finally, the Macedonian conquest of Greece and Persia.

Lecture and weekly discussions; midterm, final, seven-page paper, and occasional quizzes in section.  Readings will average between 100 and 125 pages a week, to be taken from the following (students are not responsible--for exam purposes--for the entirety of any of these, although they will have to read all of either Herodotus or Thucydides for the paper):

  • Herodotus, History
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War
  • Plutarch, Greek Lives
  • Plato, The Apology of Socrates
  • Aristophanes, Three Comedies
  • J. M. Moore, Aristotle and Xenophon on Democracy and Oligarchy
  • Pomeroy, Burstein, Donlan, and Roberts, Ancient Greece
  • a xerox packet

Discussion Sections:

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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