HIST 3205: Ancient Greece (3)

Lecture: 3, Lab: 0, Other: 0

This survey of Greek history and culture examines early Greek history and culture from prehistory to the political domination by the Romans. Attention will be paid to the Bronze Age palace-states, Archaic aristocracies, oligarchies, and tyrannies, the emergence of Athenian democracy in comparison to the Spartan oligarchy, the ensuing power struggle between Athens and Sparta, emerging in the fifth-century BCE after the Persian Wars, which divided the Greek world between allies of the Peloponnesian War. We will review the shifting patterns of alliances that characterized Greek politics of this time (c. fourth-century BCE) and how they related to the old rivalry with Persia, which loomed large in the Greek conscience, and the rising threat of Macedon. Finally, we will conclude with the effects of Hellenistic culture in Greece and the coming of the Romans.