AHC 325 • 4- History of Greece to the End of the Peloponnesian War
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
discussion section: TH 11:00-12:00 GAR 111 discussion section: F 1:00-2:00 CBA 4.340 discussion section: F 2:00-3:00 CBA 4.342 discussion section: TH 4:00-5:00 CAL 200 In this course we shall try to figure out the who, what, when, where and why behind developments in Greek history from the palatial period of the late Bronze Age (1600-1200 B.C.E.) through the 'Dark Ages' and into the 'polis' period down through the end of the Peloponnesian War (404 B.C.E.). We shall puzzle over how to interpret the often very uneven and very peculiar evidence for the social, political and economic systems that develop in different districts of Greece in 'prehistoric' and historical times. There will be some use of slides where physical evidence is relevant. The course will consist of two hours of lecture per week plus a one hour discussion section. We shall be reading in translation from Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus,Thucydides, Plutarch and documentary sources, including translated Linear B texts from the Greek Bronze Age and inscriptions of the historical period. We shall discuss carefully critical methods for interpreting primary sources. My own research interests are in interpreting economic documents of the Greek Bronze Age to extract important information about economy, society, poltical systems, power and ideology, religion and so on. Technically this is an upper-division course. However, it assumes no background knowledge of the subject and will combine survey of periods with in-depth discussion of particulars. There will be two short writing assignments (5-6 page papers) dealing with primary source material, one assigned preparation of part of a discussion session, and a final essay examination in the normal examination period. Grading is on the regular "A"-"D," 100-60 system (no curve). Breakdown of elements of the grade: 1st writing assignment (15%), second writing assignment (25%), assigned preparation of discussion session (20%), final examination (30%), course participation and miscellaneous (10%). There are no prerequisites. The course counts towards the major in Ancient History and Classical Civilization (beginning Fall, 1998) and the elective or area D requirements.
Herodotus, David Grene tr., The History (U of Chicago Press) Robert B. Strassler, ed. The Landmark Thucydides (Simon & Schuster) PLUS A COURSE PACKET OF PRIMARY DOCUMENTS AND ADDITIONAL READINGS FROM GREEK AUTHORS.