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Unit information: Historical Survey: Ancient Greece in 2019/20

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Unit name Historical Survey: Ancient Greece
Unit code CLAS10035
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Sandwell
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will provide a survey of Ancient Greek History, from the Bronze Age (3000 BC) to Roman Greece (AD 200). It will focus on broad questions of change and identity by reviewing Greek political and cultural practices from the Aegean to the Peloponnese, from Asia Minor to Sicily. Students will also reflect on different modes of interaction between city-states, from island trade to conquest and imperialism. The unit will introduce students to the fundamental skills of researching ancient history, and of building up a body of knowledge about different historical periods.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with, and be able to access, discipline-specific resources such as encyclopaedias and historical reference works;
  2. synthesise material from reference works in order to explain historically specific information;
  3. demonstrate familiarity with the range and diversity of political and cultural practices which comprise Ancient Greek History;
  4. discuss how the range and diversity of political and cultural practices over space and time impact on their understanding of change and identity.
  5. exhibit appropriate methods of oral and written academic expression, of a standard appropriate to level C.

Teaching details

Lectures and seminars

Assessment Details

1. Written synthesis of research material on specific historical topic, presented as 2 powerpoint slides. 400 words: 20% [assessing ILOs 1, 2, & 5]

2. 90 minute exam with factual and interpretative components. (80%) [assessing ILOs 2, 3, 4, & 5]

Reading and References

De Angelis, Franco. 2016. Archaic and Classical Greek Sicily. A Social and Economic History. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell

Malkin, Irad. 2011. A Small Greek World. Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Powell, Anton & Hodkinson, Stephen. 2010. Sparta. The Body Politic. Swansea: University of Wales Press

Roisman, Joseph & Worthington, Ian. 2010. A Companion to Ancient Macedonia. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell