Module Catalogue 2020/21

CAH1012 : West meets East: Greek History and Society, 776-200 BC

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Joseph Skinner
  • Lecturer: Dr Matthew Haysom
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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This module aims to:
• Acquaint you with the history of the Greek world from 776 BC, the traditional date for the first Olympic Games and thus the ‘beginning’ of Greek history, until 200 BC.
• Enable you to engage critically with scholarship dealing with the central historical
questions of that period, a crucial part of your training as either a classicist or historian.
• Foster core skills in using and evaluating primary evidence.
• Provide you with a secure foundation for the study of ancient Greek history.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will provide you with a broad introduction to history of the Archaic and Classical Greek
world during the period 776-200 BC. Key political events in mainland Greece and the Aegean will be
set in their wider context: a world shaped by mobility and exchange that extended from the Rock of Gibraltar (known in antiquity as the Pillars of Herakles) to (following Alexander's conquests) the White Mountains in modern Afghanistan.

Topics covered include: the origins and nature of Greek identity, art and culture; Greek settlement
overseas; contact and interaction with non-Greeks; political thought; the origins, development and
internal workings of the Greek city state; Greek society (slavery, religious belief, sexuality); the
economy; the Persian Wars; the Delian League and the road to empire; Athenian democracy;
Sparta; The Peloponnesian War; Athens’ downfall and its immediate aftermath; the causes of Sparta’s defeat and the rise of Thebes; the rise of Macedon under Philip, the conquests and legacy of Alexander the Great, and the age of the Hellenistic kingdoms.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you will have a sound knowledge of the broad
sweep of Greek history from 776 to 200 BC. Having developed a comprehensive
understanding of the major historical themes that shaped the Greek world during this
period you will also be accustomed to using a variety of primary and secondary materials
to answer (and formulate) historical questions relating to political events, warfare, society
and culture.

Intended Skill Outcomes

The module will foster a variety of transferable skills (not all directly assessed), including:
oral discussion; listening and note-taking skills; analytical reading of set texts; identification
and deployment of material relevant to a particular question; engagement with primary
evidence; written exposition; effective time-management.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.