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History: Greek History and Civilization

HST 021 A (CRN: 95160)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: CLAS 021 A

About HST 021 A

Political, social, cultural, and literary development of ancient Greece. May be repeated for credit with different content: typically alternates between early period (Bronze Age through Persian Wars) and late (Athenian Empire through Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World). Cross-listed with: CLAS 021.


Crosslist with CLAS 021 A, HST 121 A; Open to degree and CDE students

Section Description

A mixture of political, military, social and economic history, this course will introduce students to the principal issues, events and personalities of Greek History from the Bronze Age to the end of the Persian Wars. Issues to be treated include political systems—specifically constitutional theory and the emergence of democracy—war, trade, colonization, imperialism, law, agriculture, geography, climate and natural resources, slavery, gender, equality and inequality, identity construction, citizenship, as well as urban and town planning. Primary sources include literature (Homer, Hesiod, lyric poetry, Herodotus, and Aeschylus, etc.), historical documents (inscriptions and coins), and archaeological sites and artifacts (pottery, metals, and building materials). One aim of this course is to understand the devel­opment of historical writing, the deliberate recording of events within a narrative framework. Students will study and evaluate a variety of primary sources and should be prepared both to question these sources and to scrutinize modern assessments of them. Requirement: Students may expect two-hour examinations, a research project and a final examination. Concentration: Europe HI02

Section Expectation

Students are expected to complete all readings and attend class.


Quizzes, three tests.




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