Undergraduate Course: Ancient Greek Warfare (ANHI10098)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||For the Ancient Greeks, war was the main theme of history. For us, the Trojan, Persian and Peloponnesian Wars are common ways into the Greek world. But what did war mean to them? How did it work? And was there a 'Greek' way of war?
From poems and pictures to historical writing, war dominates the surviving sources for the Ancient Greek world. It was both a common experience and an existential threat to all inhabitants of this world; it affected all aspects of Greek life and thought. To understand Greek warfare, then, is to understand the Greeks better.
This course will explore how war fits into Greek society and culture in the Archaic and Classical periods. It will examine the way in which a set of martial values - courage, self-reliance, sacrifice for the community - produced sometimes strange military institutions and approaches to armed conflict. It will explore the roles of women, enslaved people, and migrants, not just as victims or resources to be exploited, but as agents in their own right. It will also consider differences between parts of the Greek world, and changes over time, to test the belief that there was ever a single, distinct 'Greek' method to the madness of war.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics, History or Archaeology (at least 1 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.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2,000 word non-academic writing exercise (40%)
3,000 word essay (60%)
||Students will receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours for this course or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Show detailed knowledge of the forms of Greek warfare and their development over time;
- Analyse different kinds of primary sources, especially literary sources, related to military practice and thought in Archaic and Classical Greece;
- Analyse different scholarly views critically, and explain their implications for our understanding of warfare as an aspect of Ancient Greek culture;
- Transfer the knowledge gained in this course to other eras of military history, and apply it to wider discussions of Greek society and political history
|B. Campbell and L.A. Tritle (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World (2013)|
S. Hodkinson and A. Powell (eds), Sparta & War (2006)
P. Krentz, 'Fighting by the rules: the invention of the hoplite agon', Hesperia 71 (2002), 23-39
J. Ober, 'The rules of war in Classical Greece', in The Athenian Revolution: Essays on Ancient Greek Democracy and Political Theory (1999), 53-71
D.M. Pritchard, Athenian Democracy at War (2018)
L. Rawlings, The Ancient Greeks at War (2007)
J. Rich and G. Shipley (eds), War and Society in the Greek World (1993)
J.T. Roberts, The Plague of War: Athens, Sparta, and the Struggle for Ancient Greece (2017)
P. Sabin, M. Whitby and H. van Wees (eds), The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare vol. 1 (2007)
A. Snodgrass, Arms and Armour of the Greeks (1967)
H. van Wees, Greek Warfare: Myths and Realities (2004)
H. van Wees (ed), War and Violence in Ancient Greece (2000)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical and analytical skills: you will learn to navigate a topic with a fraught source base and highly divergent scholarly interpretations
Autonomous research skills: you will engage in your own in-depth study of an element of the subject, exploring and evaluating primary sources and scholarship
Creative problem solving: you will write different forms of coursework that require different approaches to presentation and style (writing for non-academic audience)
|Course organiser||Dr Roel Konijnendijk
Tel: (0131 6)50 4620
|Course secretary||Miss Katy Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780