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Reading assignments: To broaden our exposure to the Greek world, we’ll be supplementing the textbook with short excerpts from ancient writers. For each class meeting, all students must read

  • The assigned chapter from the textbook by Pomeroy et al.,
  • The Clouds when it comes up, and
  • At least one of the primary sources (i.e., one of the texts marked with a ♦) before coming to class.

1 WED Aug 29
Introduction and Evidence

2 WED Sep 5
Neolithic and Bronze Age Greece
POMEROY: chapter 1

3 WED Sep 12
The Greek “Dark Age”
POMEROY: chapter 2
♦ HOMER: from The Iliad, “The Death of Patroklos”
♦ HOMER: from The Iliad, “Agamemnon’s Insult”
♦ HOMER: from The Odyssey, “Odysseus and the Suitors”

4 WED Sep 19
Archaic Greece and the Polis
POMEROY: chapter 3
♦ HESIOD: from Works and Days, “On Labor”
♦ HERODOTUS: from The Histories, “The Founding of Cyrene”
♦ VARIOUS: “Accounts of Hellenic Religious Beliefs”

5 WED Oct 3
Sparta and the Art of War
POMEROY: chapter 4
♦ XENOPHON: from The Spartan Polity
♦ PLUTARCH: “The Great Rhetra of Sparta”
♦ HERODOTUS: from The Histories, “The Spartan Concept of Freedom”
♦ ARISTOTLE: from Politics, “The Spartan Constitution”

6 WED Oct 17
Early Athens; The Persian Threat
POMEROY: chapter 5
♦ HERODOTUS: from The Histories, “Thermopylae”
♦ AESCHYLUS: scene from The Persians
♦ SAPPHO: selected poems

7 WED Oct 24
Democracy and Hegemony
Introduction to The Clouds
POMEROY: chapter 6
ARISTOPHANES: The Clouds, editor’s intro and first part (e.g., through line 562)

8 WED Oct 31
Fifth-Century Hellas
Themes in The Clouds
POMEROY: chapter 7
ARISTOPHANES: The Clouds, rest of play

9 WED Nov 7
Citizen, Metic, Helot, Slave
POMEROY: chapter 7
♦ PS.-XENOPHON: from The Athenian Constitution
♦ EURIPIDES: from Medea
♦ VARIOUS: “Documents on Greek Slavery”
♦ VARIOUS: “Accounts of the Hellenic Games”

10 WED Nov 14
The Peloponnesian War
First Paper Due
POMEROY: chapter 8
♦ THUCYDIDES: from The Peloponnesian War, “Perikles’s Funeral Oration”
♦ THUCYDIDES: ———, “Civil War in Corcyra”
♦ THUCYDIDES: ———, “The Plague at Athens”
♦ THUCYDIDES: ———, “The Melian Dialog”

11 WED Nov 21
The Fourth Century Crisis
POMEROY: chapter 9
♦ XENOPHON: from Hellenica, “The Battle of Leuctra”
♦ PLATO: from The Republic, “The Allegory of the Cave”`

12 WED Nov 28
The Rise of Macedon
POMEROY: chapter 10
♦ DEMOSTHENES: from The First Philippic
♦ ISOCRATES: from Address to Philip
♦ PLUTARCH: from Alexander, “The Murder of Philip II”

13 WED Dec 5
POMEROY: chapter 11
♦ PLUTARCH: from Alexander
♦ ARRIAN: from The Campaigns of Alexander, “Alexander’s Exhortation”

14 WED Dec 12
The Hellenistic World
Second Paper Due
POMEROY: chapter 12
♦ ATHANAEUS: from The History, “The Procession of Ptolemy II”
♦ POLYBIUS: from The Histories, “The Destruction of Corinth”


  • Fri. Sep. 14 Last day to drop
  • Wed. Sep. 26 No classes (Yom Kippur)
  • Wed. Oct. 10 Monday classes meet
  • Fri. Nov. 9 Last day to withdraw
  • Wed. Dec. 19 Final Examination (6–8 p.m.)

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