Undergraduate Course: Archaic Athens: Renaissance and Revolution (ANHI10014)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course traces the history of Greece, and Athens in particular, during the Archaic period. It will focus on Greek history from two viewpoints, the political history contained in textual evidence, and the socio-cultural history from the material remains. An understanding of this key period in Greek history will enable students to better understand the development of Athenian democracy and east-west relationships in the Classical age. Students will be required to engage with political theory, cultural and social ideologies, and gender studies.
This course explores the main issues of, and methodological approaches to, the study of Archaic Greece, with particular emphasis on Archaic Athens. The lack of literary sources for many of the topics discussed will expose students to a different way of doing ancient history, which relies heavily on archaeological evidence and societal comparison.
List of topics:
Introduction 1: Reconstructing Greek History
Introduction 2: Source, Evidence, Dates
The Dark Age and the VIII century revolution
The invention of writing
Communities, ethne and the polis
Space and material culture in the archaic polis: Athens
Law and lawmaking
Travels, stories and new homes across the sea: colonization and the 'other'
The elite: the origins of the state
Livelihood and crisis: land, exploitation and the archaic economy
War in Archaic Greece
From community to state: Attica and Athens from Draco to Solon
Solon and his reforms: social mobility and institutionalization
Elite competition and tyranny
Tyrants and citizenship: Athens under the Peisistratids
Popular rule in archaic Greece: the first democracies?
An Athenian revolution? The birth of democracy in Athens
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter(at least 2 of which should be in Ancient History) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- an understanding of the complexity of the body of evidence for Archaic Greece;
- an understanding of political and social structures and their interrelatedness with the source material under investigation;
- an ability to use critically a variety of different methodologies and approaches to this body of material;
- a familiarity with archaeological evidence and its importance for Archaic history;
- bibliographical research skills to enable students to find independently additional information relating to the study of Archaic Greece.
|O. Murray, Early Greece (second edition, London, 1993) |
I. Morris, 'Archaeology and archaic Greek history', in N. Fisher and H. van Wees ed. Archaic Greece: New Approaches and New Evidence (London, 1998) 1¿91.
K. Raaflaub and H. van Wees ed. A Companion to Archaic Greece (Oxford, 2009).
F. de Polignac, Cults, Territory, and the Origins of the Greek City-state (Paris, 1984; English revised edition, Chicago 1995).
D. Cairns, Oxford Readings in Homer¿s Iliad (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
H. van Wees, Status Warriors: War, Violence and Society in Homer and History (1992).
E.M. Harris, 'Solon and the Spirit of Early Greek Law' in Solon: New Perspectives, ed. J. Blok and A. Lardinois (Leiden 2006).
K.-J. Hölkeskamp, 'Written law in archaic Greece', PCPS 38 (1992) 87¿117.
M. Giangiulio 'Constructing the past: Colonial Traditions and the Writing of History. The Case of Cyrene', in N. Luraghi (ed.), The Historian's Craft in the Age of Herodotus (Oxford, 2001) 116¿37.¿
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
|Course organiser||Dr Mirko Canevaro
Tel: (0131 6)51 1256
|Course secretary||Ms Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582