Archaic and Classical Greek History

History 105A

Spring 2015
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A

This course will represent an overview of the history of the Greek world from the Bronze Age to the end of the Peloponnesian War in 404BC. Major themes will include: the ecology of the Meditteranean; the emergence of communities and states; the expansion of Greek settlement abroad; tyranny and democracy; religion; warfare; agriculture and commerce; interstate relations; the Persian wars; Sparta and the Peloponnesian League; Athens and the Athenian Empire. Most readings will be in translated primary sources, including Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, Thucydides, lyric and tragic poetry, and documentary evidence such as laws, treaties, and decrees. There will be two short papers (5-7pp), a midterm, and a cumulative final exam.

Course Books

The Landmark Thucydides by Thucydides; edited by Strassler, R.B. Anchor Books. ISBN: 0684827905 Required
The Landmark Herodotus by Herodotus; edited by Strassler, R.B. Anchor Books. ISBN: 1400031141 Required
Ancient Greece: Social and Historical Documents from Archaic Times to the Death of Alexander by Dillon, Matthew and Garland, Lynda Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-47330-9 Required
Greece in the Making: 1200–479 BC by Osborne, Robin Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-46992-0 Required