Examines special topics in history.
Views, comments and remarks offered by ancient Greek historians, poets, philosophers and epigraphists on the ancient Olympics. Critical approach of the modern Olympics by comparing ancient ideals (e.g., the ekecheiria) to those of modern times. Such a juxtaposed approach is expected to lead students of history into a way of thinking dedicated to the search of true values, solid facts and real history devoid of opportunism.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
POwer point lectures, video presentations, classroom teaching/discussions
Study the works of major ancient Greek/Roman writers Compare the ancient Olympic ideals to modern reality Form own views and theories on the history of athletics
Class assignments and grading
One research paper assigned per student for final exam
Originality, and the "3R principle": Refinement (of student's own views), Reduction (no plagiarism, modesty in expressing criticism), Replacement (of ancient ideals with those of a modern, technological society)