History | Greek History: From the Bronze Age to the Persian Wars
C376 | 30113 | E. Robinson

Above class carries culture studies credit. A portion of the above
class reserved for majors; open to undergraduate and Education MA's

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 their stunning success - against the might of the
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 (including Herodotus’ Histories), and learn about the
varieties of evidence that historians use to recover the history of
Greece. There will be two short paper assignments and two exams
(midterm and final).

[This course replaces C386, and has the same content. Students who
have taken C386 may not take this class for credit. Students who
have taken C387 or C377 and are looking for the first half of the
Greek History survey sequence should take this course.]