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Greek Culture and Society - Syllabus

Lectures & Seminars 2018-2019

Lecturers Key: MS = Prof Michael Scott; EB = Dr Emmanuela Bakola; JD = Professor James Davidson; DF = Dr David Fearn; TH = Dr Theodora Hadjimichael.

Lectures are two hours long. Seminars are one hour long, and the class divides into four groups.


Week 1: Introduction: Greek Culture and Society in a comparative perspective (MS)

Week 2: Homer's Iliad (DF)

Week 3: Greek Political Systems from Tyranny to Democracy (MS) AND on the same day * Seminar 1 (DF)

Seminar topics, pre-reading, groups, times and locations: see Seminar page

Week 4: Song-Culture and the Symposium: Greek Lyric Poetry (DF)

Week 5: Sport, Festivals, Performance, Praise (DF)

Week 6: Homer's Odyssey (JD)

Week 7: Women and Gender in ancient Greece (JD)

Week 8: Greek Religion (JD) AND on the same day * Seminar 2 (JD)

Seminar topics, pre-reading, groups, times and locations: see Seminar page

Week 9: Medicine and Science in ancient Greece (JD)

Week 10: The varieties of Greek city (JD)


Week 1 (8 January): Herodotus and Historiography (DF)

Week 2 (15 January): Art and Architecture in ancient Greece (MS)

Week 3 (22 January): The nature of Empire in ancient Greece (MS) AND on the same day Seminar 3 (MS) - Greek Symposium.

All seminars sessions will take place in the Teaching Grid in the Library. For pre-reading, groups etc see Seminar page

Week 4 (29 January): Greece and Persia (MS)

Week 5 (5 February): Libraries, Books and Reading in Ancient Greece (TH)

Week 6 (12 February): Greek Theatre: Introduction and Persians I - political and historical context (EB)

Week 7 (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND VENUE: 22 February, 3-5 PM, S0.11): Greek Theatre: Persians - theatricality and performance; chorus (EB)

Week 8 (26 February): Sophists in Aristophanes and Plato:Clouds I (EB)

Week 9 (5 March): Greek Comedy: theatricality and performance (Clouds II) AND on the same day Seminar 4 (EB)

Seminar topic, pre-reading, locations, times and groups see Seminar page

Week 10 (12 March): Romans in Greece (MS)


Week 1: No lecture
Week 2: Lecture Tuesday 30th April 1-3pm (S0.11) - Gobbet Revision (EB/DF) AND Visit to the British Museum (Thursday 2nd May). Arrive at British Museum for an 11am start.
Week 3: Revision lecture - Essays (MS)