Classical Studies | The Golden Age of Athens
C351 | ALL | Christ, M


CLAS-C 351  The Golden Age of Athens
Section 27477, 27479 (Honors section) / Christ

Note: This is a Themester Course. Both sections Intensive Writing.
In the fifth century B.C., Athenians witnessed enormous political and
social changes, with the emergence of democracy in their city and its
establishment of a naval empire. Contemporary Athenian writers
frequently reflected not only on these dramatic historic changes, but
also on the nature of change in human societies over time and the
relation of this to man's fundamental human nature. Intellectuals,
know as "sophists," theorized that human society had evolved over
time from primitive beginnings by generating laws and norms (nomoi)
to restrain the excesses of human nature (phusis). This
conceptualization of change and progress in human societies had a
profound effect on how Athenians viewed themselves and their city in
a time of enormous change. Through the tragedies of Sophocles and
Euripides, the comedies of Aristophanes, and the historical writing
of Thucydides, we will look at how Athenians developed paradigms of
change and evolution to make sense of their tumultuous times. (A&H,
CSA)