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5AACHI14 Early Greece from Troy to Marathon

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor 2018/19 and 2019/20: Dr Irene Polinskaya 
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminar (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment 2019/20750-word commentary (30%); 1 x 2,000 word essay (70%)

Assessment pre-2019/20

2 x essays of 2,000 words (the higher marked essay is weighted at 70% while the lower is weighted at 30%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This module introduces students to the formative period of ancient Greek history – the Archaic period – conventionally dated between 800 and 478 BCE (the end of the Persian Wars).

Transitional between the Dark Age that followed the collapse of the Mycenaean world and the Classical period, the first 300 years of Greek history witnessed the rediscovery of writing, the return of monumental architecture, the rise of city-states, overseas expansion, development of hoplite warfare, the rule of tyrants, and the major first clash of the Greek world with the Persian empire.

We will study the circumstances and causes behind, as well as complex interconnections between these fascinating aspects of early Greek history.

Suggested introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.

  • J. Hall (2007, 2012) A History of the Archaic Greek World ca. 1200-479 BCE. Malden, Mass. (highly recommended)

  • R. Osborne (2009) Greece in the Making, 1200-479 BC. Abingdon and New York
  • Kurt Raaflaub, Hans van Wees, eds. (2009) A Companion to Archaic Greece. Chichister (Wiley-Blackwell)
  • L. Mitchell and P. J. Rhodes, eds. (1997) The development of the polis in Archaic Greece
  • O. Murray (1993) Early Greece. Cambridge, Mass.
  • A.Snodgrass (1980) Archaic Greece: The Age of Experiment. London
  • L. Jeffery (1976) Archaic Greece: The City States, c.700-500 B.C. London
Additional literature, including articles on specific topics, will be provided each week and made available for download on the KEATS site dedicated to the module.
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