The Greeks

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Greeks

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Ancient Greek, Classics, Greek Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course offers a general introduction to ancient Greek history and culture. It tells the story of the Greeks from the Bronze Age to the coming of Rome, pausing along the way to consider the Greeks' achievements in various cultural and intellectual endeavours. 70% internal assessment, 30% examination.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. demonstrate a grasp of the basic facts of Greek history. This includes the dates of important events, the names of key personalities, and a few concepts central to Greek civilization.
    2. orient themselves in the main themes and debates in Greek studies. The course will provide a
    solid base for further study in Classics, especially in Greek history, literature, and philosophy, but also in Roman history and culture.
    3. show a familiarity with a few of the key sources for the civilization of the Greek city-states,
    including selected passages of Herodotus, Plato, and Epicurus. They will be able to assess and comment on these sources in an informed way.
    4. develop their own arguments on some of the perennial questions in Greek history, in a way that
    shows a thorough understanding of a few primary sources and some awareness of secondary literature.

    Essay One: 2000 words 25%
    Essay Two: 2000 words 30%
    Three our of Four Quizzes 15%
    Final Examination (2 hours) 30%

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