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Democracy & Imperialism in Classical Athens


In this course we will study the parallel evolution of democracy and empire in Athens from the reforms of Cleisthenes at the end of the Archaic period to the city's demise almost two hundred years later. We will compare the Athenian Empire and Athenian democracy with other forms of hegemony and political structure. This course will look not only at the literary sources, but also the epigraphic, numismatic and archaeological evidence for both democracy and imperialism. In addition, we will think about how the legacy of Greek democracy and imperialism was created, articulated and reacted to through the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and how it has been received in the modern world.

This module runs via Moodle. Please sign on to the Moodle Module page for further details (Warwick Students only).

For our first meet in Week 1, we will begin with our Face to Face seminars on Tuesday 6th October 9-10am (Woods-Scawen room, Arts Centre) and 10-11am (Library, Teaching Grid): please come to the session for your seminar group (see the seminar groups in the document below). Please also see the powerpoint + handout below and ensure you have access to these documents in the session. If you have authorisation to attend only online, I will be in touch to organise an online session with you 12-1pm on Tuesday 6th October.

Seminar Groups

Powerpoint for Tuesday 6th October

Handout for Tuesday 6th October

Module convenor: Prof Michael Scott