Ancient History: The Glory that was Greece

Ref: C2338985

During the term, you will learn about the archaeological and historical evidence for Classical Greece from 379 – 356 BC with particular stress on the continued Spartan hegemony, and analysis of its downfall. This will include an analysis of the Spartan domination, and reasons for its failure. We will continue to observe the changing nature of polis life, and explore the evidence for the revival of Athens and her maritime league during the period. You will become familiar with the characters of King Agesilaos, Dionysios I and II of Syracuse and Epaminondas and Pelopidas of Thebes. We will also look at technological and artistic developments in the Greek world during the same period; particular attention will be made to the works of Praxiteles.

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 379 - 356 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:

  • Account for the end of the Spartan hegemony trace the general course of the Theban hegemony of Greece 371 - 362 BC.
  • Outline the nature and significance of the restoration of the Athenian maritime league.
  • Show an awareness of the key developments in Sicilian affairs, 379 – 356 BC
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the artistic developments and style of Greek sculpture in the first half of the 4th century 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
  • You are welcome to bring in books/other resources to share with the class

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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