Olympic Games to Alexander the Great

Subject 107-419 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
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Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in Classics or Classical studies and Archaeology.
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Assoc Prof Gocha Tsetskhladze
Subject Overview:

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the main events in the history of Ancient Greece between the 8th century BC and the end of the 4th century BC. The course will focus on the establishment of the Olympic Games and their importance for Greek society, other Panhellenic games and competitions, the rise of the polis as a prerequisite of ancient Greek democracy, Graeco-Persian war, Athens as a political and cultural centre of Classical Greek society, Pericles and Athenian democracy, the concept of 'West' and 'East', the fall of Athenian maritime empire and the rise of Macedonia. During the course, all kinds of evidence will be studied - written, epigraphic, numismatic and archaeological.

Assessment: A seminar paper of 2000 words 40% (due during semester) and an essay of 3000 words 60% (due at the end of the semester).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be skilled in research;

  • possess advanced skills of critical thinking and analysis;

  • possess an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly, economically and effectively;

  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.

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Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Classics and Archaeology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Classics)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts(Classical Studies and Archaeology)

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