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CLAS0151

The Golden Age of Athens

The Golden Age of Athens: History and Literature
In this course we will trace the unprecedented intellectual innovation that begins with Greece’s triumph over the Persian invasions in 490 and 480-479 BC, continues through the emergence of radical democracy and imperialism at Athens, and culminates in the Peloponnesian War and Athens’ defeat in 404 BC by her former ally, Sparta. Through intensive study of selected works of historiography (Herodotus, Thucydides), tragedy (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides), comedy (Aristophanes), and philosophy (Plato), we will explore the central concerns of 5th-century Athenians: freedom and power, knowledge and virtue, law and nature, and the place of the divine in the human world. 3 hr. lect., 1 hr. disc.
Subject:
Classics
Department:
Classics
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
EUR HIS LIT
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Fall 2014

CLAS0151A-F14 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151Y-F14 Discussion (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151Z-F14 Discussion (Sfyroeras)

Fall 2013

CLAS0151A-F13 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151Y-F13 Discussion (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151Z-F13 Discussion (Sfyroeras)

Fall 2006

CLAS0151A-F06 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151B-F06 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151Y-F06 Discussion (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151Z-F06 Discussion (Sfyroeras)

Fall 2004

CLAS0151A-F04 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151B-F04 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151X-F04 Discussion (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151Y-F04 Discussion (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151Z-F04 Discussion (Sfyroeras)