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Course DescriptionIn this course we will explore the beginnings of European civilization—its gradual unfolding and culmination in Greece, through examination of the key transformations of Greek culture and city-states from the Bronze Age up through the hellenization of the east by the Macedonians.

booksThree books are required: The Textbook, The Clouds, and The Reader.

(1) The Textbook:
Pomeroy, Sarah B., et al.
Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History. 2nd edition.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
ISBN: 978-0-195-30800-6.

Please make sure you get the second edition—it’s significantly different from the first.
The textbook is available from Lehman College Bookstore, either on person or via their website.
Available from online booksellers (see Amazon link below). Make sure to allow time for delivery.

(2) The Clouds:
Aristophanes, and Marie C. Marianetti.
The Clouds: An Annotated Translation.
Lanham, Md: University Press of America, 1997.
ISBN: 978-0-761-80588-5.

Version note: The play itself is widely available, but we’ll also be working with Prof. Marianetti’s annotations and interpretations, so you’ll want to get this version if possible. It’s regularly assigned in her classes, so it should be available used.
The book is available from Lehman College Bookstore, either on person or via their website.
Available from online booksellers (see Amazon link below). Make sure to allow time for delivery.

(3) The Reader:
Readings from Hellas.
Compiled for this course.

Photocopies of the Course Reader will be provided during the first class meeting.
You can also download a PDF version by clicking here, or you can look at an HTML version here.

XM81 / 1687
Mondays 6:00–8:40 p.m.
Room CA 211

Office Hours
Mon., Wed. 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Room CA 293

course documents

Syllabus PDF HTML
Schedule PDF HTML
Examining Primary Sources PDF HTML
The Reader (Given out in class) PDF HTML

interpretive essays

Essay #1 (The Clouds) PDF HTML
Essay #2 (Evolution of Hellas) PDF HTML
Writing a Position Paper PDF  
Sample Proposal PDF  
Grading Criteria PDF  
Citations PDF HTML
Final Exam Review PDF HTML

slides

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