J.R. Lenz


Abbreviations: page numbers alone refer to the textbook, Ancient Greece, by Pomeroy et al.
"Atlas" = The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
"Rutter" = J.B. Rutter, "The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean":  his Dartmouth lectures online, with slides!
Hdt. = Herodotus (cited by book and "chapter" nos.; a chapter is a paragraph)
Thuc. = Thucydides (also cited by book and chapter numbers).
Page of Links to Online Materials for Greek

All handouts constitute required reading, including ones made available online.
Please do the readings before each class. You will get more out of each class that way.
Readings you can do right here, online, are in bold and color.                                                         *this page is in progress*

I. Introduction and Prehistoric Civilizations

Tu Aug. 31: Introduction to Greece, the Greeks, History, and the Course.
                    Read: pp. xiii-xvi and 1-4; Atlas, p. 5.

Th Sept. 2: The Minoans of Crete (non-Greek!); Thera and the Greek Myth of Atlantis
                    Read:  pp. 4-8, with Atlas, pp. 22-23 (background); and
                               pp. 11-18, with Atlas, pp. 24-25, and relevant parts of pp. 12-17, 36-37;
                  Read online:    Rutter,    Lesson 12:  "Minoan Architecture: The Palaces"
                                                                               -- with accompanying slide-images; and
                                                       Lesson17:   "Akrotiri on Thera, the Santorini Volcano ..."
                                                                               -- with accompanying slide-images
                 See online:       Iraklion Archaeological Museum (slides from the great Cretan Museum)
                  handouts on Minos and on Atlantis (coming).
                  handout in class:  chronological chart of the Bronze Age.

Tu Sept. 7: The Mycenaeans (I): Coming of the Greeks; Palaces and Society
                    Read: pp. 8-11, 18-37 (top of page); Atlas, pp. 12-20 (top), 26-29, 36-37;
                   Read online:   Rutter, Lesson 20:  "Mycenaean ... Palaces"
                                                                                -- with accompanying slides online; and
                                          Lesson 25: "The Linear B Tablets and Mycenaean Social, Political, and Economic Organization."

Th Sept. 9: Mycenaean Age (II): Was There a Trojan War?; End of Bronze Age & Sea Peoples
                   Read: pp. 37-40; Atlas, pp. 20-21 & 30-35;
                   Read online:   Rutter,  Lesson 27:  "Troy VII and the Historicity of the Trojan War", and
                                                     Lesson 28:  "The Collapse of Mycenaean Palatial Civilization and Coming of Dorians"
                                                                           -- with a few images;
                    See:  "In Search of the Trojan War," video-series by M. Wood, Part 1 (of 6),  available at Library reserve desk.

II. Beginnings and development of Greek (historical) civilization

Tu Sept. 14: Dark Ages and Homeric Society (and conclude previous topic)
                    Read: pp. 41-71; Atlas, pp. 46-47; Thucydides I.2 and I.12; handout on Homeric society.
                    Take-home map exercise due.

Th Sept. 16: "Eighth Century Renaissance" and the Rise of the Polis (city-state)
                   Read: pp. 71-90, 95-106; Atlas, pp. 48-49. General: Atlas, pp. 38-44.

Tues. Sept 21: no class for us; Monday classes meet today (yes, this Tuesday is really a Monday)

Th Sept. 23: Greek Colonization of the Mediterranean and beyond
                    Read: pp. 90-95; Atlas, pp. 50-55 and 82-83;
                            Hdt. I.94 (colonization story, actually about the non-Greek Etruscans) and
                                    IV.147-164 (founding of Thera and Cyrene).

Sept. 28: Panhellenic Institutions: Delphic Oracle & Olympic Games:

                    Read: pp. 78-79 and 127-128 (on panhellenism); Atlas, pp. 44-45.
                             Hdt. I.46-55 and 90-91 (classic oracle-stories).

                    Read article at reserve desk in library: S. Price, "Delphi and Divination," in P.E.
                    Easterling and J.V. Muir, eds., Greek Religion and Society (1985), pp. 128-154.

                   See (online WWW sites accessible via home page for this course):

                   Delphi (Greek Ministry of Culture WWW site)
                   Olympia (Greek Ministry of Culture WWW site)
                   The Ancient Olympic Games Virtual Museum

                       fyi: video:  "The Ancient Olympics: Athletes, Games & Heroes" (1996), available at Library reserve desk.

Sept. 30: Archaic Society: Development of the Polis, Social Divisions, Art, Tyrannies

                    Read: pp. 95-106 (listed above, under 8th century polis); pp. 106-109 (tyrants), 109-121
                    (art & poetry), 124-127 and 128-129 (interstate relations); Atlas, pp. 56-57.
                    Herodotus V.92 on Cypselus (see also stories about Periander, Polycrates, etc.);
                    Thucydides I.13 and I.17 and, in general, I.1-19.

III. Rise of Sparta, Ionia, and Athens

Tu Oct. 5: Sparta and the Spartans
        Read: Ch. 4 (pp. 131-158); Atlas, pp. 80-81.
        handout of sources about Sparta (especially Plutarch's Life of Lycurgus);
        Hdt. I.65-68; Thuc. I.10 & I.18.

Th Oct. 7: no class: Ancient Greek Reading Day

Tu Oct. 12: The Rise of Athens and Solon
        Read: pp. 159-169;
        Aristotle, The Constitution of Athens, 1-13 (online!  read here!) (read "Part 1" to "Part 13);
        Thuc. II.15-16 on the synoikism of Attica;
        on Cylon: compare Hdt. V.71 with Thuc. I.126.
Th Oct. 14: Athens from Tyranny (Peisistratus & sons) to Democracy (Kleisthenes)
        Read: pp. 169-178; Atlas, pp. 58-59.
        Hdt. V.57-65 (on fall of tyrants)--compare w/ Thuc. VI.53-59;
        Hdt. V.66-78; Aristotle, chapters 14-21 (read online).

Oct. 19: Ionia and the East: Presocratics; Lydia and Persia; Conquests of Ionia; Revolt
        Read: pp. 121-124, 178-185; Atlas, pp. 60-61 (myth), 62-64, 70-71.
        Herodotus, Book I and V from ch. 28 to end of V.

Oct. 21: MIDTERM test (prior review-session, TBA)

IV. Fifth-Century Developments, especially Athens ("Classical Athens")

Tu Oct. 26: Persian Wars I: Marathon (490 BCE); Athens in the 480s;
            Herodotus and the Invention of History.

        Read: pp. 185-192; Atlas, pp. 64-69, 74-75; Herodotus, Books V-IX (selections).

Th Oct. 28: Persian Wars II: Xerxes' Invasion (480-479 BCE)
        Read: pp. 192-200; Atlas, pp. 76-77; Herodotus selections.

Nov. 2: The Athenian Empire (to 445 BCE)
        Read: pp. 201-215; Thucydides I.89-117 ("Pentecontaetia"); Atlas, pp. 86-88, 94-95.

Nov. 4: Athenian Democracy & Society (i): Tragedy, Women, Family, Slaves, Economy
        Read: pp. 215-219 with pp. 343-349; pp. 222-245.

Tu Nov. 9: Athenian Society (ii) and Culture.
        Read: pp. 255-274; Atlas, pp. 84-85.

Th Nov. 11: Archaeology of Athens: Acropolis & Parthenon; Agora
        Read: pp. 274-286; Atlas, pp. 134-135; TBA.
        See: "The Ancient City of Athens" (slides online).

Nov. 16: The Peloponnesian War (i) and Thucydides
        Read: pp. 246-255 and Ch. 8 (pp. 287-329); Atlas, pp. 88-89, 96-99.
        Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (selections TBA)

Nov. 18: The Peloponnesian War (ii) and Fall (?) of Athens. Conclusion of above.

V. New Conditions: Moves to Empire (4th century on)

Tu Nov. 23: Fourth Century BCE: Struggles for Hegemony; Decline of Sparta
    Read: Ch. 9 (pp. 330-370); Atlas, pp. 78-79, 90-93 and 100-105.

Th Nov. 25: give thanks for the Ancient Greeks

Nov. 30: Philip II and the Rise of Macedon
    Read: Ch. 10 (pp. 371-394); Atlas, pp. 72-73 (background), 93, 106-109.

Th Dec. 2: Alexander the Great
       Read: Plutarch, "Life of Alexander" (on WWW or xeroxed);

Ch. 11 (pp. 395-426); Atlas, pp. 110-112, 120-125;
        See: Alexander the Great's Home Page (accessible through the course's home page).

*Monday, Dec. 6: We meet (this Monday is actually a Thursday!)
After Alexander: The Hellenistic Period and The Legacy of Greece
    Read: Ch. 12 (pp. 427-470) and Epilogue (pp. 471-475); Atlas, pp. 112-119, 126-133.

Review-session: TBA.

Exam: TBA (sometime Dec. 10-16). Will cover material since the Midterm.

2 short papers: topics and dates TBA