Special Topics in Ancient History: Living Through Conflict in Classical Greece

History 100.001

Spring 2013
Section: 
001
Location: 
122 WHEELER
Day & Time: 
MWF 12-1P
CCN: 
39276
Units: 
4

The classical Greek polis was accustomed to violent confrontation to an extent that is difficult to comprehend today. The Greeks not only had to live with conflict, they had to come to terms with its consequences and legacies. This course will familiarize students with various responses to conflict in classical Greece, whether in war, civil strife, or fierce individual competition. We will focus on the cultural and institutional means by which the various members of the polis – men, women, children, and slaves – managed to persevere in the aftermath of conflict: practices of burial, mourning, and commemoration; treatment of survivors and victims; peace treaties; collective rituals of reconciliation; and political amnesty. Readings will come from ancient sources in translation and will include poetry, tragedy and comedy, inscriptions, public orations, historiography, and lesser-known texts such as a manual for surviving siege warfare. 
 

Course Books

Republic by Plato Hackett. ISBN: 978-0872207363 Required