HI203 Rise of Athens

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: MF 12-1pm
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Students in this course will explore the social, political, economic and artistic contributions of the Greeks to western civilization, with a focus on the community of ancient Athens. Using literary, historical and archaeological methodologies, students will examine the history of Greece from the Mycenaean Bronze Age, to the Homeric era in the 8th century BCE, to the preeminence of Athens in the 5th century. Through readings, discussions and essays, students will demonstrate proficiency in the details that comprise Greek history, and an understanding of such broad topics as the elegance of archaic Greek civilization, relations among Greek city-states and with foreign nations, social and political institutions, imperialism, the golden age of Greek literature, and the rise of Athenian imperialism. For further comment on the parameters of this course, read T. Martin's Introduction to the Historical Overview in Perseus.

Students in HI201 Greek History will demonstrate the ability to

  • read and analyze historical documents within their social contexts and evaluate the role of the individual in ancient cultures
  • develop multi- and cross-cultural perspectives and apply them to gender, ethnic and social issues
  • conduct research by traditional and digital methods
  • read critically and analyze closely literary texts and modern scholarship
  • present orally and in written form an argument supported by primary and secondary sources
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"I hereby accept membership in the Skidmore College Community and, with full realization of the responsibilities inherent in membership, do agree to adhere to honesty and integrity in all relationships, to be considerate of the rights of others, and to abide by the college regulations."

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