Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004455

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Knowledge of the general introductory class in Ancient Greek History (HAN 101).
Learning Outcomes
Learning the basic structures of ancient Greek history. To practice in the critical appraisal of events. Be exercised in the analysis and interpretation of events, as detailed in the sources Become addicted to historical thinking, based on knowledge.
General Competences
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Week # 1 The main sources of Ancient Greek History regarding the periods under examination. The archaeological data, literary and epigraphic evidence. Leading historians of the period. Week # 2 The physiognomy of Greece in the 9th and 8th centuries. The role of religion and the emergence of the sacred. The world of Hesiod and Homer's epics . The invention of alphabetic writing. Formation of communities, population growth. The birth of the city- state. Week # 3 Greek colonization ( 8th-6th c.). Causes. The spread of Hellenism in the Mediterranean : The stages of colonization and its characteristics. Political and social organization of the Greeks at the time of colonization . The impact of colonization societies of the period. Week # 4 The crisis of the aristocracy . Reform communities : The agrarian crisis , the hoplite 'revolution' , the law, the constitution and arbitrary governance. The invention of the coin. Week # 5 The phenomenon of tyranny ( Corinth, Sicyon , Argos, Samos) . Week # 6 Greek world around 600 BC The appearance of the legislators . Lycurgus and Sparta . Solon and Athens . Week # 7 The Peisistratids . The reforms of Cleisthenes and the beginnings of democracy. The reforms of Ephialtes . The formation of the Athenian city- state. Week # 8 The Persian Wars: Greeks and Persians : Ionian Revolt. The Greece and the Persian Empire at the battle of Marathon. Themistocles' naval program. Xerxe's campaign and conflicts of the years 480-479 . Week # 9 The Pentekontaetia (478-431 BC) : The establishment of the Delian / First Athenian League. Athens under Pericles and the development of the Athenian Empire. The nature and the characteristics of Athenian imperialism. Week # 10 The Peloponnesian War . Week # 11 The period of Spartan hegemony. Developments in the 4th century : the recovery of Athens (from the King's Peace King -386 BC - until the Second Athenian League ) . Thebes and Boeotia. Week # 12 The Rise of Macedonia and the reign of Philip II. Isocrates and the Panhellenic Idea. Demosthenes' polemic. The battle at Chaeronea (338 BC) and the Alliance of Corinth ( 337 BC). Week # 13 Revision and preparation for exams
Greece, city-state, Athens, Sparta, Macedonia
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Written exams. The evaluation takes into account the ability of the students to evolve a critical thought on issues of Ancient Greek History, depending on what they have read.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. H. Bengtson, Ιστορία της Αρχαίας Ελλάδας, (μετάφραση Α. Γαβρίλης), Μέλισσα, Αθήνα 1979 2. U. Wilcken, Αρχαία Ελληνική Ιστορία (μετάφραση Ι. Τουλουμάκος), Παπαζήσης, Αθήνα 1976.
Additional bibliography for study
- A. Andrewes, Αρχαία Ελληνική Κοινωνία (μετάφραση Α. Παναγόπουλος), Καρδαμίτσα, Αθήνα 1983. - G. W. Botsford-C. A. Robinson, Αρχαία Ελληνική Ιστορία (μετάφραση Σ. Τσιτσώνης), Μ.Ι.Ε.Τ., Αθήνα 1977. -R. Osborne, Η γένεση της Ελλάδας, 1200-479 π.Χ. (μετάφραση Τ. Σιέτη), Οδυσσέας, Αθήνα 1999. - Ι. Πίκουλας, Εισαγωγή στην Αρχαία Ελληνική Ιστορία και Αρχαιολογνωσία, Αθήνα 2006. - W. Schuller, Ιστορία της Αρχαίας Ελλάδας από την Κρητομυκηναϊκή εποχή ως το τέλος των κλασικών χρόνων (μετάφραση Αφροδίτη Καμάρα, Χριστίνα Κοκκινιά, εποπτεία Κώστας Μπουραζέλης), Μ.Ι.Ε.Τ., Αθήνα 1999. -J. M. Hall, Αρχαία ελληνική ιστορία: η αρχαϊκή περίοδος 1200-479 π.Χ. (μτφ. -επιμ. Ι. Κ. Ξυδόπουλος), Θεσσαλονίκη 2013.
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