Types and Institutions of Political, Social and Religious Organization

Course Information
TitleΜορφές και Θεσμοί Κοινωνικής, Πολιτικής και Θρησκευτικής Οργάνωσης / Types and Institutions of Political, Social and Religious Organization
CodeΙΑΕ 707
FacultyPhilosophy
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CommonNo
StatusActive
Course ID600015976

Programme of Study: Historical Research

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Archaías Ellīnikīs kai Rōmaïkīs IstoríasElective CoursesWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
600127544
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students attending this course are expected to become acquainted and understand the theoretical discussion concerning the types of political, social and religious organizations appearing and functioning in the Ancient Greek World and to become familiar with the primary sources, on which their study is based discern and comprehend the main characteristics and institutions, which defined the form and function of the Greek 'polis', the Federal states (Koina)as well as the various types of monarchy developed in the Ancient Greek World study and inderstand the function of social structures and phaenomena, the organization of the religious life and cults, the role and importance of the local or inter-state religious associations. become able to recognize methodological and practical issues related to their field of study practice their skills in presenting orally and in written form their ideas and arguments.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Based on the examination of relevant sources and the discussion of past and present theoretical approaches to the subject the seminar treats, in the first place, the organization and institutions of the different types of political entities, which functioned in the various periods of Ancient Greek History: polis, Koinon, monarchy. In the same way following subjects will be examined: social structure, the specific role of social groups and (religious or non-religious) associations, characteristic institutions connected with education and the formation of civic identity and ideology, religion and cult in the community, the role of interstate and Panhellenic religious-political institutions and centres, Hellenistic ruler-cult as a religious-political practice. Weekly course schedule: Week 1: Introduction to the various subjects to be treated - General survey of the relevant research and available sources. Week 2: Political institutions and the function of the Greek 'polis' (I) - In the various sessions following topics will be examined: the formation of the general 'polis-type', the function of its institutions according to the specific constitutional and historical context. Discussion of selected sources. Week 3: Political institutions and the function of the Greek 'polis' (II) - Discussion of selected sources. Week 4: Political institutions and the function of the Greek 'polis' (III) - Discussion of selected sources. Week 5: Political institutions and the function of the Greek 'polis' (IV) - Discussion of selected sources. Week 6: Federal states ('Koina'): organization and institutions (I) - Discussion of selected sources. Week 7: Federal states ('Koina'): organization and institutions (II) - Discussion of selected sources. Week 8: Monarchy: types - organization - ideology (I) - Discussion of selected sources. Week 9: Monarchy: types - organization - ideology (II)- Discussion of selected sources. Week 10:Monarchy:types - organization - ideology (III)-Discussion of selected sources. Week 11:Ancient Greek Society: organization - institutions - religion and cults - Panhellenic religious institutions (I). Week 12:Anciente Greek Society: organization - institutions - religion and cults - Panhellenic religious institutions (II). Week 13:Ancient Greek Society: organization - institutions - religion and cults - Panhellenic religious institutions (III).
Keywords
Polis, Koinon, monarchy, ekklesia, boule, archon, phyle, demos, Gymnasion, Amphiktiony, syllogos, ruler cult.
Educational Material Types
  • Selected bibliography
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Seminars391.3
Reading Assigment2006.7
Written assigments2117.0
Total45015
Student Assessment
Description
Students will have to study weekly specific sections of the bibliography (units and chapters from major studies, or articles) as well as primary sources and present, orally or in written form, brief reports containing critical discussion and comments on this reading material. Students'evaluation will depend on their weekly presentations, their ability to argue and answer complicated questions related to the bibliography and the relevant sources and, lastly, on their final major essay.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Bibliography
Additional bibliography for study
V.Ehrenberg, The Greek State, London 1969, 2nd ed. CPC Acts: Acts of the Copenhagen Polis Centre (ed. M.H.Hansen). F.Gschnitzer, Griechische Sozialgeschichte von der mykenischen bis zum Ausgang der klassischen Zeit, 2013 (2.Auflage durch neue Bibliographie erweitert) F.Gschnitzer (ed.), Zur Griechischen Staatskunde, WBG Darmstadt 1969. E.Stein-Hölkeskamp, Adelskultur und Poligesellschaft - Studien zum griechischen Adel in Archaischer und Klassischer Zeit, Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart 1989. P.J.Rhodes, The Athenian Boule, Oxford Universitz Press 1972. P.J.Rhodes with D.M.Lewis, The Decrees of the Greek States, Oxford 1997. Chr.Meier, Die Entstehung des Politischen bei den Griechen, Frankfurt am Main 1980. M.M.Austin-P.Vidal-Naquet, Economic and Social History of Ancient Greece-An Introduction, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California 1973. Oswyn Murray& Simon Price, The Greek City from Homer to Alexander, Clarendon Press, Oxford 1990. J.A.O., Greek Federal States. Their Insitutions and History, Oxford 1968. H.Beck, Polis und Koinon. Untersuchungen zur Geschichte und Struktur der griechischen Bundesstaaten im 4.Jahrhundert v.Chr., Historia Einzelschriften 114, Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart 1997. H.Beck, P.Funke (eds.), Federalism in Greek Antiquity, Cambridge 2015. J.Ma, Kings, in A.Erskine (ed.), A Companion to the Hellenistic World, Blackwell Companions to Ancient History), Oxford 2004. P.Bilde, et alii (eds.), Aspects of Hellenistic Kingship, Aarhus 1996. C.Habicht, Gottmenschentum und griechische Städte, München 1970. A.Chaniotis, The Divinity of Hellenistic Rulers, in A.Erskine (ed.), A Companion to the Hellenistic Wolrd, (Blackwell Companions to Ancient History), Oxford 2004. W.Burkert, Greek Religion, Oxford 1985 L.Bruit-Zaidman & P.Schmitt Pantel, La Religion grecque (dans les cités a l' époque classique), 2017.
Last Update
24-09-2018