History of Ancient Greece

Hist 430/CLHU 440: 3 credits
Fall 2017
TTh 2:00-3:15
East Hall 213

Mr Lehmann
Office Hours: 11-12 TTh and by appointment
East Hall 210
clehmann@usd.edu; clehmann.org

This course surveys the history of ancient Greece from the end of the Bronze Age to the Roman conquest. Lectures, readings, discussions, and slides will introduce students to the principal cultural, social, and political developments in Greece over this period.  The archaic, classical, and Hellenistic periods--from the time of Homer to the Roman conquest--will receive special attention. Moreover, the lectures, discussions, and term papers will give students theoretical and practical instruction in the method and practice of ancient history.

Each student must complete two examinations (35% and 35% of the final grade) and participate in the Reacting to the Past game (30%).

ELECTRONIC-DEVICE-FREE CLASSROOM. Turn off and stow your electronic devices before the class begins. Students should attend all meetings, read all assignments, and participate actively in discussions. A student who expects to miss more than three meetings should confer with the instructor before the end of the second week. The instructor may drop students who cannot meet these requirements.

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Schedule of Lectures and Assignments

22 Aug General introduction to Greek history
24 Aug Introduction to evidence and methods; Ancient Greece, Introduction
Discussion on Greek historiography: Herodotus and Thucydides (handout)
29 Aug Greek prehistory; Ancient Greece, ch 1
31 Aug The Late Bronze Age
5 Sept The Dark Ages and the Greek Renaissance; Ancient Greece, ch 2
7 Sept The Homeric World
12 Sept Discussion on Homer, Iliad
14 Sept Social and economic tensions in the Greek polis; Ancient Greece, ch 3
19 Sept Hoplites and Tyrants
21 Sept The Spartan mirage and Lycurgan Sparta; Ancient Greece, ch 4
26 Sept Aristocratic Athens; Ancient Greece, ch 5
28 Sept Early Greek art and architecture
3 Oct Early Greek art and architecture
5 Oct Catchup and review
12 Oct Athenian democracy
27 Oct The Persian Wars
19 Oct

From Delian League to Athenian Empire; Ancient Greece, ch 6

24 Oct Discussion on Aeschylus, Oresteia
26 Oct Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War; Ancient Greece, ch 7
31 Oct Success and failure; Ancient Greece, ch 8
2 Nov Athenian society at century's end
7 Nov Discussion on Last Days of Socrates
9 Nov Classical Greek art and architecture
14 Nov Classical Greek art and architecture
16 Nov Hegemonial politics in the fourth century; Ancient Greece, ch 9
21 Nov Philip V of Macedon; Ancient Greece, ch 10
28 Nov Alexander III and the conquest of the world
30 Nov The Hellenistic kingdoms and the coming of Rome
5 Dec Catchup and review