Athens: City, Culture, and Empire

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Athens: City, Culture, and Empire

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Ancient Greek, Classics, European Studies, History, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module begins by exploring the development of Athenian democracy; it also looks briefly at the rise of Sparta and then examines key battles against the Persian Empire which brought Athens to a position of prominence in the Greek world. The second part of the module assesses contemporary social practices and attitudes at Athens; and puts under the spotlight the extraordinary burst of creative activity which resulted in the development of philosophy, historiography (the writing of history), tragedy and comedy, law and much else ? all with the aim of providing a holistic picture of Athenian society and culture in this central period of Greek history as Athens grew from city to empire.

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