Carol G Thomas
Development and characteristics of ancient Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the Roman conquest. Emphasizes interaction of cultures of the eastern Mediterranean.
HSTAM 301 A History of Greece 7000 BC to 1000 AD NOTE: Course will change to HIST 320 A History of Greece 7000 BC to the Present Broad European; Pre-Modern
Students can expect to learn the long, connected story of Greek history from its Neolithic village origins to the present. The course examines the different forms of a culture that, through its ancient legacy, provides one of the major foundations of modern civilization and, in the present, Greece is a flourishing modern nation. Since the story extends over nine millennia, the focus will be on continuity and change in major aspects of life.
There are no prerequisites. More important are 1) an interest in examining the on-going culture that has one of the most resilient records in the human story, and 2) a readiness to participate in the work of understanding that record.
Class Assignments and Grading
Course assignments include reading of two basic accounts of Greek history and four primary sources indicative of different forms of Greek culture; writing three short (i.e. 5 pages) papers based on these primary sources; drawing together the larger picture in a midterm and a final examination. Grades are assigned on the basis of accomplishment in individual assignments, improvement over the quarter, level of participation in discussion of the subject.
Required Reading Charles Freeman, The Greek Achievement Richard Clogg, A Short History of Modern Greece Four primary sources
Papers (each) 15% Midterm 15% Final Exam 30% Participation 10%