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HI204 Athens, Alexander & Cleopatra

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462 Hours: TuTh 1-2pm


Students in this course will explore the social, political, economic and artistic contributions of the Greeks, with a focus on the Peloponnesian War, the empire of Alexander the Great, and the end of the Hellenistic era, concluding with the death of Cleopatra of Egypt. Through readings, discussions, exams and essays, students will demonstrate proficiency in the details that comprise Greek history, and an understanding of such broad topics as the analysis of the Peloponnesian conflict by Thucydides, the jockeying for power over the next half-century, social and political institutions, the rise of Macedonia, the conquest of Greece and Persia by Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic era and its emphasis on creativity, and the waning of Greek relevance with the conquest of Rome and the defeat of Cleopatra of Egypt.

Students in HI204 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  • read and analyze historical documents within their social contexts and evaluate the role of the individual in ancient cultures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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