5AACHI31 Democracy, Empire and War: Greece 446-338 BC
Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor 2018/19: Professor Hugh Bowden
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20: Dr Irene Polinskaya
Teaching pattern 2018/19: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Teaching pattern 2019/20: 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar (weekly, over 10 weeks).
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment 2019/20: 750-word commentary (30%); 1 x 2,000 word essay (70%)
Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
2 x 2,000 word essays (the higher marked essay is weighted at 70%, while the lower is weighted at 30%)
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 will take you through the history of one of the most exciting periods of ancient Greek history. It covers the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens, when many of its finest cultural works were created, the Peloponnesian War and its aftermath, and the age of intense competition between Greek city-states against the background of the rise of Macedon.
This is the period written about by the historians Thucydides and Xenophon, and portrayed in the comedies of Aristophanes and the dialogues of Plato. We will be using some of these texts, alongside inscriptions and archaeology, to explore the tension between political ideals and historical realities faced by Athens, Sparta and other Greek states.
Suggested introductory reading