Ancient History: The Glory that was Greece

Ref: C2338835

During the term, you will learn about the archaeological and historical evidence for Classical Greece from 401 – 379 BC with particular stress on major political and social developments of the Spartan hegemony. This will include an analysis of the gradual recovery of Athens in the decades after the Peloponnesian War, including attempts to revive a maritime confederacy. We will look at the causes of the Spartan domination, including the developing Greek relationship with the Persian Empire, the circumstances of the Corinthian War culminating in the King's Peace and the continued opposition of Sparta's rivals. We will go on to examine the rise of the tyranny in Sicily, the evolution of Greek art and the importance of Plato for western philosophy.

Course aim

The course aims to give a wide-ranging account of ancient Greek society and civilisation and its impact, focussing this term on the period from 401 - 379.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Evaluate the key features of the later career of Sokrates and his importance as a figure for Western Civilisation
  • Provide reasons for the continued hegemony of Sparta after 404 BC
  • Account for the rise of the tyrant Dionysios in Syracuse
  • Provide an outline to the circumstances that caused the imposition of the King's Peace in 386 BC

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You are welcome to bring in books/other resources to share with the class

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece Robert Markot, Penguin 1996 Exploring the World of the Ancient Greeks John Camp & Elizabeth Fisher, Thames & Hudson 2002

What can I do next?

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Ancient History: The Glory that was Greece Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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