HIS 354C • History Greece to End Pelopon War
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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 Hesiod, Herodotus,Thucydides, 'Aristotle', Xenophon, 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.
In-class examination (30%), assigned preparation of a discussion session with written 1-2-page in-class handout analysis (20%) and 2-page afterword narrative summary (15%), and final examination (30%). Course participation and miscellaneous (5%). 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.
J. Davis, ed. SANDY PYLOS (UTexas Press) S.B. Pomeroy et al., ANCIENT GREECE: A POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY (Oxford 1999) ISBN 0-19-509743-2 pbk Herodotus David Grene tr., THE HISTORY (U of Chicago Press) Robert B. Strassler, ed. THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES (Simon & Schuster) PLUS TWO COURSE PACKETS PROVIDING CLASS NOTES AND READINGS FROM PRIMARY DOCUMENTS AND GREEK AUTHORS.