History | Greek History: The Bronze Age to the Persian Wars
C386 | 28067 | E. Robinson


Above class carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates only

This course will provide an introductory survey of ancient Greek
history - political, intellectual, military, social, and cultural -
from the Bronze Age to the era of the Persian Wars. Beginning with
the Minoans of Crete and the Mycenaeans on the Greek mainland, we
will trace the rise and fall of these Bronze Age civilizations
(including the legendary Trojan War) before moving on to the rebirth
of Greek culture in the following centuries and its dramatic impact
across the Mediterranean world. Topics will include colonization,
the rise of the city-states, artistic and architectural advances,
tyranny, the development of the Spartan state, early Athenian
reformers, the first philosophers, and the invention of democracy.
The course concludes with the Greeks' desperate struggle for
independence - and stunning success - against the might of the
advancing Persian Empire. Students will become acquainted with the
literature of the Archaic and early Classical period by reading (in
translation) the works of several ancient authors in part or in
whole, and learn about the varieties of evidence that historians use
to recover the history of Greece.