The Crisis of the Athenian Polis (CLA3007)
|Staff||Dr Gabriele Galluzzo - Lecturer|
|Pre-requisites||The successful completion of at least 90 credits at Level 2, at least 30 credits of which must be in Classics & Ancient History.|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
The well-documented period 431 to the death of Socrates in 399 represented a crucial stage in the history of Athens, and saw the most fundamental development of ideas before the seventeenth century A.D. The aim of this module is to consider the history and the economic, social and political structure of the polis of Athens in the period, together with its literary, philosophical and artistic products, in the belief that a detailed knowledge of the former is an essential pre-condition for understanding the latter.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Describe and analyse how the history of the period is linked to the development of ideas, and evaluate how the texts allow us to see the same social and historical process from the different perspectives of contemporary writers.
- 2. Analyse in general terms the complex interrelationship between history, literature, philosophy and ideology, and have a sophisticated perspective on a society in crisis and undergoing significant change.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Approach the study of a period from more than one angle, and not only be able to evaluate and analyse different kinds of sources, but also to synthesise complex and diverse arguments and ideas.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 4. Research and organise material into succinct and logical form.
- 5. Argue a case confidently and closely in defence of their own viewpoint and to challenge the viewpoint of his/her peer group.
- 6. Take a leadership role in groups and solve problems co-operatively.
Topics across the two terms could include: Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War; Wealth, class and status; Radical democracy; The Archidamian War; Religion in fifth-century Athens; the Sicilian Expedition; The Sophists; Nomos and Phusis; Melos; Persian intervention; Oligarchy in 411 and 404; Arginousae and the Rule of Law; Spartan victory; trial of Socrates; Gender, Society and politics; War in tragedy.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||44||Classes (1 x 2 hours per week)|
|Guided independent study||256||Independent study|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay 1||20||3000 words||1-5||Mark and written comments|
|Essay 2||20||3000 words||1-5||Mark and written comments|
|Oral presentation||10||15 mins||1-6||Mark and written comments|
|Exam||50||3 hours||1-5||Mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essays||Essays||1-5||August ref/def period|
|Exam||Exam||1-5||August ref/def period|
Presentations will not be reassessed.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Indicative set texts:
Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (Penguin)
Aristophanes, Acharnians, Clouds, Knights, Wasps and Lysistrata (Penguin Classics)
Euripides, Suppliant Women, Trojan Women, Phoenician Women, Hecuba, Orestes (Oxford World's Classics)
Plato, Gorgias (World Classics)
Crito, The Apology (in The Last Days of Socrates, Penguin)
The Athenian Constitution (Penguin Classics)
The Old Oligarch (Lactor)
The First Philosophers: the Pre-socratics and Sophists, trans. R. Waterfield (Oxford World's Classics)
Some introductory reading:
W.R. Connor, The New Politicans of Century Athens (Princeton, 1971)
J.K. Davies, Democracy and Classical Greece (London, 1993)
P.E. Easterling and J.V. Muir (ed.) Greek Religion and Society (Cambridge, 1985)
W.K.C. Guthrie, A History of Greek Philosophy, vol. 3 (Cambridge, 1971)
S. Hornblower, The Greek World 479-323 BC third edition (London, 2002)
G.B. Kerferd, The Sophistic Movement (Cambridge 1981)
P.J. Rhodes, A History of the Classical Greek World, 478-323 B.C. (Oxford, 2006)
R. Wardy, The Birth of Rhetoric (Routledge, 1998)
R.K. Balot, Greek Political Thought, (Oxford, 2006)
P.Cartledge, Ancient Greek Political Thought in practice (Cambridge, 2009)
For all basic information consult the Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd edition
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Classics, Greek, Athens, Polis