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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

Centre for Ancient Cultures


Dr Andrew Connor



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


The unit focuses upon Athens during the 5th century BCE, the period when, in a burst of creativity, her citizens attained their greatest achievements. The unit offers an historical framework within which to explore aspects of Greek culture: literature, drama, art and architecture, religion and philosophy, and the Athenians system of government. The subject incorporates a wide selection of primary source material. Students will be encouraged to identify ways in which Athenian culture has impacted upon the western world.


On successful completion of the unit students will have acquired:

  1. a knowledge of the historical context within which 5th 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 nature of Greek historiography, the Athenian concept of radical democracy and its variance in western ideals
  4. Critical and analytical skills, which enable the application of textual, epigraphic, archaeological, and numismatic methodologies
  5. Communication skills through debates and a mock ekklesia meeting.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.