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The Ancient Greeks


Provider
coursera

Price
Free

School
Wesleyan University

Type
University

Instructor
Andrew Szegedy-Maszak

Category
Humanities

Duration
7 weeks

Format
Video

Language
English

Description
This course is a survey of ancient Greek history, covering the roughly 13 centuries that extended from the Minoan / Mycenaean Bronze Age (ca. 1800-1200 BCE) down to the death of Socrates in 399 BCE.  Along with studying the most important events and personalities, we will consider broader issues such as political and cultural values and methods of historical interpretation. Some of the topics we will cover include: relations between the Greeks and their neighbors to the East; Homer and the heroic ideal; the development of the type of community called the "polis"; the diffusion of Greek civilization from Southern Italy to the shores of the Black Sea; gods and mortals in myth, religion and ritual; the roles of women; Athenian drama; the treatment of slaves and foreigners; and the birth and evolution of democracy. We will strive to get as full an understanding as we can of this extraordinary, and extraordinarily influential, society. Almost all the reading assignments are from ancient sources in translation. No previous knowledge of ancient history is assumed.

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