Middlebury

CLAS 0151

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 in Spring 2017

Spring 2017

CLAS0151A-S17 Lecture (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151Y-S17 Discussion (Sfyroeras)
CLAS0151Z-S17 Discussion (Sfyroeras)