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AN4146 The Supremacy of Greece: Athens and Sparta 479 - 362 BCE

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:10.00 am - 11.00 am Wed and Fri

Between 479 and 362 BCE Athens, Sparta and later Thebes and Thessaly contested the rule of Greece through imperial expansion and ideological dominance, leading to both constant warfare as the states struggled for power, and huge progress in philosophy and the arts brought about by the force of competition. This module studies the fifth- and fourth-century empires of Athens and Sparta and their effects on the Greek world at large. The period is exceptionally rich in sources - the histories of Thucydides and Xenophon, Athenian tragedy and comedy, inscriptions, coinage and art - and the module uses these to investigate themes such as political development and dissent, the relations between Greeks and outsiders, and the expression of ideological dominance.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Ancient History Degrees, all Ancient History & Archaeology Degrees, Classical Studies, Classics, Greek and Latin (Single and Joint, but excluding Three subject) Degrees, History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):As stated in the School of Classics Undergraduate Handbook

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr S Lewis
Module teaching staff:Dr S Lewis