Ancient History: The Glory that was Greece

Ref: C2338889

During the term, you will learn about the archaeological and historical evidence for Classical Greece from 447 – 416 BC with particular stress on major political and social developments of Classical Athens beginning with the architecture of the Athenian Acropolis, then leading up to and dealing with Peloponnesian War. This will include an analysis of the causes of the conflict and the resulting strategies of the protagonists. Brief studies will be made into the careers of Perikles, Demosthenes and Kleon. We will also look at the significance of Herodotos, Thucydides and the classical playwrights Euripedes and Sophokles and their contributions to modern Western civilisation, as well as figures from Greek Sicily before considering the impact of events across the wider Greek world.

Course aim

To give a detailed and wide-ranging account of ancient Greek society and civilisation and its impact, this term focussing on the period from 447 – 416 BC

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:

  • Identify the key features & interpretations of the temples of the Athenian Acropolis
  • Identify the major causes of the Peloponnesian War
  • Outline the nature and significance of the key works of Sophokles and Euripides
  • Show an awareness of the key strategies and designs of the Athenian and Peloponnesian Leagues 435 – 425 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 share books or material with other students

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • 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?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Ancient History: The Glory that was Greece


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