Ancient History: The Glory that was Greece

Ref: C2338891

During the term, you will learn about the archaeological, historical and epigraphic evidence for Classical Greece from 430 – 411 with particular stress on the major political and social developments of the Peloponnesian War. This will include an analysis of the primary strategies of the Athenian and Peloponnesian Leagues, and also its emphasis on the changing nature of polis life. Brief studies will be made into the careers of King Archidamos, Demosthenes, Kleon and Alkibiades. We will also look at the significance of the history of Thucydides and the major events and campaigns during the Peloponnesian War down to 411, as well as figures from Greek Sicily before considering the impact of events across the wider Greek world.

Course aim

The course aims to give a detailed and wide-ranging account of ancient Greek society and civilisation and its impact, focussing this term on the period from 430 - 411 BC.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Some familiarity with ancient Greek history is preferable.

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

  • Show an awareness of the key strategies and designs of the Athenian and Peloponnesian Leagues 431 – 411 BC
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the career of the Athenian general Demosthenes
  • Show an awareness of the key features of Old Comedy and the career of Aristophanes
  • Provide an outline of the significance of the Sicilian Expedition of Athens 415-413 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Ancient History: The Glory that was Greece


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