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ANHS2603: Ancient Greek Democracies

This unit studies the rise and working of democracy in ancient Greece, examining Athens from the time of Solon through the fifth century and into the fourth century B.C. We shall look at the history of Athens and her relation to other cities, and evaluate the evidence of historians and of inscriptions. Athenian political institutions and social history, including the role of the theatre, looking at both tragedy and comedy, the role of other festivals and the law and the lives of the elite and the "forgotten people", such as women and slaves, will be considered.

Code ANHS2603
Academic unit Classics and Ancient History
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 Junior credit points of Ancient History or History OR 6 Junior credit points of Ancient History and 6 Junior credit points of either Classical Studies, Latin, Greek (Ancient) or Archaeology
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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ANHS2003

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. This unit introduces the history, culture and institutions of ancient Athenian democracy during the 5th and 4th centuries BCE. Throughout the unit you will acquire a familiarity with the key evidence for Athenian democratic practice and the scholarly issues surrounding its interpretation.
  • LO2. By the end of this Unit of Study, you are expected to have acquired a body of knowledge about the history, culture and institutions of ancient Athenian democracy, explain their role and significance in world history, and the major scholarly approaches to the acquisition and interpretation of that knowledge
  • LO3. By the end of this Unit of Study, you are expected to be familiar with and able to evaluate scholarly interpretations of evidence for Athenian democratic culture and practice ranging from traditional criticism to contemporary approaches.
  • LO4. By the end of this Unit of Study, you are expected to have thus acquired and refined problemĀ­-solving skills in the reading and interpretation of ancient Athenian literary and documentary texts in translation and their related criticism;
  • LO5. By the end of this Unit of Study, you are expected to have developed skills in communication and argument through the writing of critical essays and class discussion;
  • LO6. By the end of this Unit of Study, you are expected to have developed as independent learners;
  • LO7. By the end of this Unit of Study, you are expected to have experienced the discourse, anxieties and concerns of a culture separated from your own by time and place.

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