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Autumn term 2022: Greek history

Week 1: No Class (teaching begins on Tuesday Oct 4)

Week 2: Introduction & Why History? (CT & CR)

Week 3: Bronze Age Greece: Minoans & Mycenaeans

Week 4: The Polis and the Alphabet

Week 5: Sanctuaries & Colonies


Week 7: Tyrants & Sparta

Week 8: Archaic Athens & Democracy

Week 9: Athens & Persia

Week 10: The Peloponnesian War

Term 1 Seminars

Week 4: Assessment Preparation Session

Week 8: Historiography Exercise

Spring term 2021: Roman history

Week 01: What should the history of the Roman Republic look like?

Week 02: Material vs Myth: Writing the history of early Rome

Week 03: Who’s who in the Roman world? An introduction to prosopography (this lecture focuses on preparation for the assessment, including gobbet writing)

Week 04: The Republic: Society and government

Week 05: Rome and the Hellenistic World: Roman expansion and its causes

Week 6: Roman Republican coinage + Roman history from objects

Week 7: The effects of war: the Gracchi and changing Roman culture

Week 08: Marius, Sulla and the Social War

Week 09: When does the Republic fall and the Empire begin? Pompey and Caesar.

Week 10: Topic set by student vote in Week 3 of Term 2

Summer term 2021

Week 01: Essay writing workshop!

Week 02: How things make history: Classical Greek coinage

Week 03: How things make history: Roman concrete


For students doing the module as a 30 CAT option: Article Review (20%) in term 1, Prosopographical Exercise (20%) in term 2, Essay (50%) in term 3, Attendance (10%).

For students doing CX 116-15 (Introduction to Greek History): Article Review (40%), Essay (50%), Attendance (10%)

For students doing CX 117-15 (Introduction to Roman History): Prosopographical Exercise (40%), Essay (50%), Attendance (10%).