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Michael F. Quinn
HSTAM 490
Seattle Campus

Topics in Ancient/Medieval History

Examines special topics in ancient/medieval history.

Class description

The PELOPONNESIAN WARS: ATHENS AND SPARTA

This is an upper division survey class on the origins, the history, and the consequences of the series of devastating wars fought between Athens and Sparta (ca. 520-404 BCE). Throughout the quarter we will critically examine a variety of sources in order to assess the ways in which the wars were understood by contemporaries and participants, with special emphasis on how the wars transformed the practice of Greek warfare and influenced the development of political ideology throughout the fifth century BCE.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This is an advanced undergraduate history class. A previous university-level course in ancient Greek history or Greek literature is strongly recommended, but not required.

Class assignments and grading

The format of this class will vary between lecture and discussion. Course readings, in both primary and secondary sources, will average between 150 and 200 pages per week. Grades will be assigned on the following basis: a midterm exam/essay; a final exam; two 5-7 page papers; class participation. Please note that students must complete all assignments in order to pass the course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Elizabeth A. Campbell
Date: 02/23/2005