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AAH3800 - The Golden Age of Athens

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Gillian Bowen


Not offered in 2007


As for ARY3800.


On the successful completion of the unit students will have acquired:

  1. A knowledge of the historical context within which fifth-century Athens flourished.
  2. An understanding of the process by which Athens established an empire which, in turn, facilitated her innovative artistic and cultural achievements.
  3. An understanding of the principles of Greek art, architecture, and rhetoric, the underlying concepts of philosophy and religion, the ethos of tragedy, the nature of Greek historiography, the Greek concept of radical democracy and its variance with western ideals.
  4. A basic understanding of the ancient Greek psyche.
  5. Critical and analytical skills in reading diverse, primary source material.
  6. An introduction to skills which enable the application of textual, archaeological, inscriptional, and numismatic methodologies.
  7. Communication skills through group tutorial presentations, debate, and the performance of a play reading.
  8. Developed a higher degree of critical analysis.
  9. The ability to formulate their own research topic that includes the application of diverse methodologies.


Document analysis (500 words): 10%
Tutorial participation and presentation (oral and written): 20%
Essay (2500 words): 45%
Class test (1 hour): 25%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week