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Module

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
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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.

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.

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.

Reading Lists

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