History | Democracy in Ancient Greece
J300 | 13466 | E. Robinson


A portion of the above class reserved for majors. Above class COLL
Intensive Writing Section. Open to undergraduates only.

This course examines in seminar format the origin, nature, and
importance of ancient Greek democracy, which first appeared in the
city-states of Greece over 2500 years ago. The famous Athenian
example attracts much of our attention, but we will also consider
the democratic experiences of other Greek city-states. The first
half of the course looks at the history of democracy’s development,
beginning with the earliest signs of Greek egalitarianism and ending
with the appearance of fully democratic governments in Athens and
elsewhere. The second main part of the course studies the ideals and
institutions of ancient democracy in the context of Greek society as
a whole. The final week or so of the course touches on points of
contact between the ancient and modern democratic experience.

No prior knowledge of ancient history or ancient language is
expected. There will be no midterm or final exam. Students can
expect frequent quizzes on the reading assignments, and will write
approximately three 4-5 page position papers. Finally, there will be
a 10-12-page research paper rewriting and expanding on one of your
position papers.

[Students who took C300 Ancient Greek Democracy in the fall of 2007
will not be able to take this course for credit, as there will be
too much overlap in material.]