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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Fall 2007

AHC 378 • Greeks Ahoy-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32999 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
WAG 208

Course Description

This course focuses on the history of "Greece" and Greeks outside of mainland Greece. Its main emphases are on the two great periods of Greek expansion outside of Greece: colonization in the archaic period and conquest in the Hellenistic period; the classical period will also be covered, particularly in Sicily. Main questions addressed in the course include: the nature of and motives for colonization; relations between mother-city and colony; the discourse of colonization and voyages of discovery; Greek trade and economic development abroad from earliest times on; perceptions of Greeks overseas held by Greeks on the mainland and vice versa; Greek-native relations, both in the colonial period and during the Hellenistic Age; the influence of barbarian culture on Greeks, both abroad and on the mainland; the adaptability and the nature of the adaptation of Greek culture away from mainland Greece; and the use of various sources (archaeological, artistic, epigraphic, numismatic, literary). Use of secondary scholarship is an important component of the course. No prior knowledge of or experience with Greek history is required; background information will be provided as needed throughout the course. All readings will be in English. This course will fulfill the SWC requirement. Course requirements: attendance and participation, 1-2 oral reports in class, research paper. There will be extensive use of images as assigned reading via a course website.


Required texts: " J. Boardman, The Greeks Overseas (Thames and Hudson, ISBN 0500281092) " Herodotus, trans. D. Grene (Chicago, ISBN 0226327728) " Arrian, trans. A. de Sélincourt (Penguin, ISBN 0140442537) " The Landmark Thucydides, trans. R. Crawley, rev. R. Strassler (ISBN 0684827905) " M. M. Austin, The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the Roman Conquest (Cambridge, ISBN 0521296663) " Apollonius of Rhodes, trans. R. Hunter, Jason and the Golden Fleece (Oxford, ISBN 0192824619) " B. Cunliffe, The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek (Penguin, ISBN 0142002542) " Many other readings will be available via a course website (copyright laws permitting) and/or PCL reserves/e-reserves


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