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

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Available to General Degree students with the permission of the Honours Adviser

Planned timetable: TBC

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.

Relationship to other modules

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.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


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