The Greek World

Required Books:

  • S. B. Pomeroy, et al., Ancient Greece (Oxford U. Press pb.)
  • R. Warner & M. I. Finley, eds. Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. (Penguin pb.)
  • L. R. Lind, ed. Ten Greek Plays in Contemporary Translations (Houghton-Mifflin pb.)
  • I. Scott-Kilvert, tr., Plutarch. The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives (Penguin pb.)
  • I. Scott-Kilvert, tr., Plutarch. The Age of Alexander (Penguin pb.)

The Scope of the Course:

This course surveys the Greek world from Minoan-Mycenaean and Homeric times down to the Roman conquest. The emphasis will be on continuity and change in Greek society and culture, with particular attention to such topics as: the variety of Greek political systems, law, family, class, gender, slavery, imperialism, religious and philosophical ideas, social unrest, literature, and art. Particular attention will be paid to the ancient sources, those in the assigned readings and others introduced in class. Slides will be used to augment the written materials.

Format and Requirements:

This is essentially a lecture course, but they will be informal lectures, meaning that you are free to interrupt at any time (in a polite manner, of course) for questions, clarifications, alternative interpretations, etc. It is my hope that discussion will be a significant part of many classes. Please stay ahead in the reading, so that discussion will be possible.

The final grade will be based on an in-class mid-term examination and a final examination. Both will be essay exams; you will have a choice of questions to answer. One of the two essays on the final will test your knowledge and understanding of Thucydides.

Civil comportment is obligatory: no reading of newspapers, love letters, or materials for other courses during the class. If you know you must leave class early, please let me know before the class starts. An emergency exit from class is, of course, okay, but leaving just because your brain is full is not; it is quite distracting. Regular attendance is strongly advised.

This is a four-credit course. It meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:10 to 2:10 P.M.

Instructor: G. E. Kadish
Office hours: M: 3:30-4:30; W: 9:40-10:40; Th 1:10-2:30 & by appointment
Office: LT 609
Phone: x72488
E-mail: kadishg@binghamton.edu

Last Updated: 8/12/16