AHC 378 • The Athenian Empire
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
In the fifth century the city-state of Athens came to dominate Greece and the Mediterranean until she was finally defeated by Sparta after 27 years of war. The Athenian Empire was in many ways the first imperial power of the Western world, and this course will study how she acquired power, how she changed Western history and influenced later history to come, how she differed from her enemy Sparta, and how she came to lose her power. Attention will be paid as well to the culture of Athens in the fifth century BC and to other imperial powers of the ancient world and throughout history as a basis for comparison. Course requirements: oral presentations, class attendance and participation, midterm, final, 1-2 short papers dealing with questions of evidence, 1 long paper. All readings are in translation.
Aristophanes (trans. P. Meineck), Aristophanes I: Clouds, Wasps, Birds (Hackett 1998, ISBN 0872203603) Aristophanes (trans. J. Henderson), Acharnians, Knights (Harvard 1998, ISBN 0674995678) Herodotus (trans. D. Grene), The History (Chicago, ISBN 0226327728) Plutarch (trans. I. Scott-Kilvert), The Rise and Fall of Athens (Penguin, ISBN 0140441026) Thucydides (trans. R. Crawley/R. Strassler), The Landmark Thucydides (Free Press 1996, ISBN 0684827905) C. W. Fornara, Archaic Times to the End of the Peloponnesian War (Cambridge, ISBN 0521299462)