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CLAS 0071 / HIST 0071 Athens, Sparta, Persia

This course explores the history of the Greek states - especially Athens and Sparta - during the fifth century BCE.  This was a period of political rivalry and experimentation within Greece, and a series of confrontations and/or negotiations with the massive might of the Persian Empire. This period is deeply engaging in itself, and has exercised a perennial fascination in subsequent thought, not least because of the historical writings of Herodotus and Thucydides.   

Sample topics

  • The polis
  • The Persian Wars
  • Persians and Greeks
  • The Delian League and the Peloponnesian War
  • Comedy, tragedy and Athenian politics
  • Historiography: Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon
  • Art and architecture
  • Economic life
I found myself in this place
Down the cobbled streets of Shoe Lane stood a tall red building that I was told was once a shirt factory.  This place that once was for the purpose o...
Barney Dujua, Spring Semester 2009, Elmhurst College