CLASSICAL STUDIES / HISTORY 205

— ANCIENT GREECE

Professor Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

Office: Thomas 245

Office Phone: 526-5046

redmonds@brynmawr.edu

Thomas 110

TTh 2:30-4:00

Office Hours: MF 1:30-2:30

or by appointment

 

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Course Description:

This course traces the rise of the city-state (polis) in the Greek-speaking world beginning in the seventh-century BC down to its full blossoming in classical Athens and Sparta. We will discuss the formation and development of Greek identity, from the Panhellenic trends in archaic epic and religion through its crystallization during the heroic defense against two Persian invasions and its subsequent disintegration during the Peloponnesian war. The class will also explore the ways in which the evolution of political, philosophical, religious, and artistic institutions reflect the changing socio-political circumstances of Greece. The latter part of the course will focus on Athens in particular: its rise to imperial power under Pericles, its tragic decline from the Peloponnesian War and its important role as a center for the teaching of rhetoric and philosophy.

Since the study of history involves the analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of the sources available for the culture studied, this course will concentrate upon the primary sources available for Greek history, exploring the strengths and weakness of these sources and the ways in which their evidence can be used to create an understanding of ancient Greece.

In addition to the texts required for the course, readings will be available through the library's electronic reserves. The e-reserves are accessible by password (cstsb205) at http://trires.brynmawr.edu/coursepage.asp?cid=515. The readings can also be reached by link from the on-line version of the syllabus at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/classics/redmonds/csts205.html.

Course Requirements:

Class participation:

Participation, of course, includes attendance, since you cannot participate if you are not in class. If, for some reason, you cannot attend class, please inform me in advance. Each student should be prepared to discuss and answer questions on the material covered in the lesson for the week. Coming prepared with questions on the material is even better than coming with answers to the basics. If, for some reason, you cannot prepare for class, please attend anyway - you will be better prepared for the next class. A number of unannounced map quizzes will be included in the participation grade.

Written Assignments:

There will be four short written assignments designed for the students to demonstrate their understanding of specific materials covered in class. These projects may require some out of class research in addition to the readings assigned for the class.

Examinations:

There will be a Midterm and a Final Examination for this class on all the materials covered to that date in class. The Midterm will be on the Tuesday of the ninth week, October 30. The Final Exam will be self-scheduled during Exam Week. Both exams will consist of identification questions and short essays in which the students will be asked to analyze and synthesize material from the primary and secondary sources covered in class.

Grade Distribution:

Week I: Introduction

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Week II: Rise of the Polis

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Week III: Colonization and the Expanding Greek World

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colonization assignment

 

Week IV: Rise of Tyranny

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Week V: The Spartan Alternative

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Week VI: The Athenian Revolutions

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assembly assignment

 

Week VII: FALL BREAK

 

Week VIII: Cleisthenes and Democracy

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Week IX: The Persian Wars - Midterm

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Week X: The Delian League and the Rise of the Athenian Empire

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assembly assignment

 

Week XI: Periclean Athens and the Beginnings of the Peloponnesian War

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Week XII: The Peloponnesian War

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THANKSGIVING

 

Week XIII: The End of the Peloponnesian War

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Week XIV: Plato and the Dreams of Philosophy

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philosophic history assignment

 

Week XV: The Coming of Alexander - Conclusions

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