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Yale University

Introduction to Ancient Greek History

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This is an introductory course in Greek history tracing the development of Greek civilization as manifested in political, intellectual, and creative achievements from the Bronze Age to the end of the classical period. Students read original sources in translation as well as the works of modern scholars.


1. Introduction.
2. The Dark Ages.
3. The Dark Ages (cont.).
4. The Rise of the Polis.
5. The Rise of the Polis (cont.).
6. The Greek "Renaissance" - Colonization and Tyranny.
7. The Greek "Renaissance" - Colonization and Tyranny (cont.).
8. Sparta.
9. Sparta (cont.).
10. The Rise of Athens.
11. The Rise of Athens (cont.).
12. The Persian Wars.
13. The Athenian Empire.
14. The Athenian Empire (cont.).
15. Athenian Democracy.
16. Athenian Democracy (cont.).
17. The Peloponnesian War, Part I.
18. The Peloponnesian War, Part I (cont.).
19. The Peloponnesian War, Part II.
20. The Peloponnesian War, Part II (cont.).
21. The Struggle for Hegemony in Fourth-Century Greece.
22. The Struggle for Hegemony in Fourth-Century Greece (cont.).
23. Twilight of the Polis.
24. Twilight of the Polis (cont.) and Conclusion.

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    Pedro Cabral Peçanha
    The best Introduction For ancient history I've seen. The teacher is very considerate and critical of the history of ancient Greece, he brings very up-to-date social reflections.
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    Lucas Mendes
    A melhor introdução para a história antiga que eu já vi. O professor é muito atencioso e crítico com a história da Grécia antiga, traz reflexões sociais muito atuais.
  • Lara Turer
    I was incredibly satisfied with the course. Ancient Greek History has always interested me. It’s extremely informative.

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