The Glory that was Greece

Ref: C2340987

During the term, you will learn about the archaeological and historical evidence for Classical Greece from 386 – 368 BC with particular stress on major political and social developments of the Spartan hegemony, and reasons for its downfall. This will include an analysis of the gradual recovery of Athens in the decades following the King's Peace, including attempts to revive a maritime confederacy. We will look at the effects of the Spartan domination, including the developing Greek relationship with the Persian Empire and the continued opposition of Sparta's rivals and in particular Spartan attempts to supress Thebes and the Boeotian League. We will go on to examine the circumstances of the Theban revolution and subsequent victory at Leuctra, before going on to look in detail at the key features of the establishment of the Theban hegemony. We will also look at the continuation of the tyranny in Sicily and the evolution of Greek art in the fourth century..

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 386-368 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:

  • Provide reasons for the continued hegemony of Sparta after 386 BC
  • Evaluate the circumstances leading up to, significance of, the battle of Leuctra in 371 BC.
  • Provide a summary of the key advances in the tyranny at Syracuse in the fourth century.
  • Evaluate reasons for the rise of the Theban hegemony from 370 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 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?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Glory that was Greece


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