Greek History

Diploma

Mandatory

The study of this course aims simply at introducing a beginner student to the world of ancient Greece before the Hellenistic period. It is a very rich history with abundant and wide aspects that needs to be simplified into an introductory survey course. This task, when successfully achieved, will provide the student with a basic knowledge about the beginning and development of the ancient Greeks, their history and their contribution to the universal history, then and in later times. 

References

  • Cullen, T. (ed.), Aegean Prehistory: A review, Boston, 2001.
  • Snodgrass, A., The Dark Age of Greece, Edinburg, 1971.
  • Morris, I. – Powell, B. (ed.), A New Comparison to Homer, Leiden 1997.
  • Fisher, N. – Hans Yan Wees (eds.), Archaic Greece, London, 1998.
  • Briant, P., From Cyrus to Alexander, A History of the Persian Empire. Winona Lake, 2002.
  • Burn, A.R., Persian and the Greeks. London, 1984.


Week

Topics

1

Greece and the Aegean Civilizations during the second millennium B.C. (The Bronze Age).

2

The Dark Age and the Homeric Epics.

3

Archaic Greece (700-480 B.C.): Governments of Oligarchies, Tyrants and the structure of Archaic Greek States.

4

The Cultural Revolution in Greece in the Archaic Age (Natural philosophy, History, Material Culture, Art and Thought).

 

5

A Tale of Two Cities: Sparta and Athens during the Archaic Age. Sparta: The Spartan Government and Society.

 

6

Athens and its Crisis in the Seventh Century B.C. Solon’s Reforms – The Tyranny of Pisistratus and his sons.

7

The Beginning of the Athenian Democracy: Cleisthenes.

 

8

Midterm exam.

9

Perisa and the Greeks (550-479 B.C.)

The Athenian Democracy and Empire (479-431 B.C.)

10

The Peloponnesian War (Between Sparta and Athens)

11

Greece during the First Half of the Fourth Century B.C.

 

12

The Rise of the Macedonian Power (359-323 B.C.)

13

Political conflicts

14

 General Revision.

15

 Final exam.

Poll

Why did you apply at Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies?

what is your favourite Master module ?