Democracy, Empire & War: Greece 446-338 BC

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Democracy, Empire & War: Greece 446-338 BC

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Module description:
    The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

    This module will take you through the history of one of the most exciting periods of ancient Greek history. It covers the ?Golden Age? of Athens, when many of its finest cultural works were created, the Peloponnesian War and its aftermath, and the age of intense competition between Greek city-states against the background of the rise of Macedon.
    This is the period written about by the historians Thucydides and Xenophon, and portrayed in the comedies of Aristophanes and the dialogues of Plato. We will be using some of these texts, alongside inscriptions and archaeology, to explore the tension between political ideals and historical realities faced by Athens, Sparta and other Greek states.

    Credit level: 5

    Credit value: 15

    Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)

    Assessment: coursework

    2 x 2,000 word essays (the higher marked essay is weighted at 70%, while the lower is weighted at 30%)

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