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HIST 206 - History of Ancient Greece
Course Code:
HIST 206

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
A survey of the political, social and cultural history of ancient Greece from pre-historic times to the Hellenistic era.

Date First Offered:
2002-09-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 3


Total Weeks:
15

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
First year History or consent of instructor.

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
I Greek Environment and Pre-history
- Minoan and Mycenaean Civilization
- The “Dark Age”
- Homer
- Religion and Myth I
- Eighth Century Renaissance
- Greek Alphabet and Writing

- II Archaic Period, 700-479 BC
- Rise of the Polis
- Greek Colonization
- Culture and Thought in Archaic Greece
- A Tale of Two City-States: Sparta
- A Tale of Two City States: Athens
- The Persian Wars, 490-479 BC

III. Classical Period, 479-323 BC
- Athenian Imperialism and Democracy
- Society in 5th Century: Women, Metics and Slaves
- Culture and Thought in 5th Century
- Greek Drama
- Peloponnesian War and its Aftermath, 431-399 BC
- Postwar Greece
- Phillip II and the Rise of Macedon
- Alexander the Great
- IV. Hellenistic Era, 323-30 BC
- Hellenistic Culture and Thought


Learning Outcomes:
The purposes of the course are:

- to provide an introduction to some of the significant political, social, and cultural developments of ancient Greece;
- to provide an introduction to some of the key issues in ancient Greek historiography;
- to provide an introduction to some of the historical sources and primary texts of ancient Greek civilization;
- to develop a basic knowledge of the ancient Greek alphabet; (5) to develop and improve the reading, writing, research, and analytical skills necessary for the study of history and classics


Knowledge:
Describe the physical geography of ancient Greece
- Trace the early history of ancient Greece from the Ice
Age to the Bronze Age
- Describe and account for the rise and fall of the Minoan
civilization of ancient Crete, c2000-1450 BC
- Describe and account for the rise and fall of the
Mycenaean civilization, c1600-1200 BC
- Describe and assess the character of the “Dark Age”,
c1200-750 BC
- Describe and assess the epic poems of Homer
- Describe and assess the religious and mythological
beliefs and practices of the ancient Greeks
- Describe and account for the “8th century renaissance”,
including the revival of trade, developments in art and the
invention of the Greek alphabet
- Identify the characters of the ancient Greek alphabet
- Describe and account for the rise of the polis
- Explain the causes and consequences of Greek
colonization
- Describe and assess the culture and thought of the
Archaic Period, including the “Ionian Enlightenment”
- Describe and assess the development of Sparta during
the Archaic Period, c700-500 BC
- Describe and assess the development of Athens during
the Archaic Period, c700-500 BC
- Explain the causes, course and consequences of the
Persian Wars, 490-479 BC
- Describe and account for the growth of Athenian
imperialism and democracy in the 5th Century BC
- Describe and assess the character of ancient Greek
society during the 5th Century BC, especially with
reference to the role and status of women, metics and
slaves
- Describe and assess some of the main developments in
philosophy, literature, art and architecture during the 5th
century
- Describe and account for the origins and character of
Greek drama, including tragedy and comedy
- Explain the causes, course and consequences of the
Peloponnesian War, 431-399 BC
- Describe and account for significant political and
cultural developments of postwar Greece, including the
philosophy of Plato and Aristotle
- Describe and account for the rise of Macedon during
the reign of Philip II
- Describe and assess the military victories of Alexander
the Great
- Describe and assess the world of the Hellenistic
Kingdoms
- Describe and assess some of the significant
developments in philosophy, science, art, and literature
of the Hellenistic period, 323-30BC
- Analyze and discuss classical texts relevant to the
course


Attitudes:
- voice individual opinions regarding historical
interpretations in language that respect differing point of
views


Skills:
- analyze primary and secondary readings and compare
evaluations of those readings in respectful group
discussions
-research academic topics and evaluate differing
historical arguments
- prepare a thesis proposal paper
- write an 8-page research essay and express
conclusions in effective academic language


Technologies:
- use the D2L to retrieve documents and to submit written
assignments


Grading System:
Letters

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 20 %
Assignments: 40 %
Participation: 10 %


Number of Assignments:
2

Nature of Participation:
D2L disc and in-class discussion

Writing Assignments:
one bibliography/thesis proposal and one essay

Percentage of Individual Work:
100

Course Offered in Other Programs:
Yes

Other Programs:
Elementary Education, Pre-Medicine, Associate of Arts Diploma - Fine Arts, Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Arts Degree - Criminology Specialization
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