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The history of the Greek world from Homer to the Hellenistic age.
The course provides a general introduction to the history of Greece beginning in the Mycenaean period and ending with the advent of Alexander the Great. The opening lectures introduce the student to the land of Greece itself. After a few lectures on the Mycenaeans, the Dark Ages, and colonisation it then proceeds to the society of Athens and Sparta, the two (historiographically) most important city-states. The lectures thereafter focus on the invasion of Greece by the Persian Empire and how the disunited Greeks managed against all odds to repel the Persians at Marathon and Salamis. The end of the Persian Wars (490-480 B.C.) sets the stage for the rise of the Athenian Empire with all its splendid cultural achievements and its eventual destruction in the course of the grueling Peloponnesian War with Sparta (431-404 B.C.). The defeat of Athens in this war inaugurates, however, a new era in which we see the rise of hitherto obscure states both in Greece (Thebes) and on its periphery (Macedon) during the first half of the 4th century B.C. Eventually, Macedon under King Philip conquers Greece.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.