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Introduction to Greek and Roman History 2017/2018

Lectures are held on Fridays 12.00-2.00 in MS.04 (the Medical Sciences building)


Autumn Term 2017

All lectures in autumn term by RK. SEMINARS IN TERM 1 ARE IN WEEKS 2, 7 and 9

The week 9 seminar is held on Thursday: Group 1 (S0.21 from 4-5pm), Group 2 (H2.03 from 5-6pm), Group 3 (H.2.44 from 6-7pm).

Week 01: Part I: Introduction & setting the scene. Part II: The beginning of Ancient Greece

Week 02: Seminar 1: Sources for Ancient History. In class seminar (during lecture)

Week 03: Colonisation and the birth of the polis

Week 04: Tyranny, democracy, and the sixth-century boom

Week 05: The Thousand Nations of the Persian Empire Descend Upon You

Week 06: The rise of the Athenian Empire and the Peloponnesian War

Week 07: Seminar 2: Spartathon: accounts & sources on Sparta. In class seminar (during lecture)

Week 08: The democracy of Classical Athens


Week 09: The hegemonic wars and the rise of new powers + seminar 3: The Tyrant City: Athens and imperialism

Week 10: Alexander the Great and the New World Order

Spring Term 2018

*** Essay returns will take place Thursday (Week 1) before the RC&S lecture and afterwards, please sign up for a time on the sheet outside my office *** (AG)

Seminars will take place Week 2 and 7 (in class Disputatio).

Week 01: Rogue Ones: From Mythical Kings & Founders to a Constitutional Republic 750-380 BC (AG)

Week 02 :A New Hope: Rome rises from the ashes (ca. 380-240 BC) (AG)

Seminar Group 1Group 1 (S0.21) from 4-5pm, Seminar Group 2 (H2.03 from 5-6pm), Seminar Group 3 (H.2.44 from 6-7pm).* I might try to move group 3 if possible for this session.

Week 03: Roman Imperialism and the Punic Wars (ca. 220-146 BC) (AG)

Week 04: Consequences of War: Hellenisation, Agrarian Crisis & Military Reform (146-91 BC) (AG)

Week 05: Roman Italy Implodes: Sulla & the Social War (91 BC-70 BC) (HM)

Week 06: The Force Awakens: The Rise of Caesar & the Triumvirate (69-58 BC) (AG)

Week 07: Seminar 2/Disputatio: A day in a Roman court (70 BC): Cicero’s In Verrem, the provinces and. All Seminar groups meet in lecture.

Week 08: Did Caesar Want to be king? (58-44 BC) (AG)From Mad love to Bad Blood: the 2nd Triumvirate emerges... (43-31 BC) (AG)

Week 09: From Mad love to Bad Blood: the 2nd Triumvirate emerges... (43-31 BC) (AG)

* 2nd ESSAY DUE Wed. MARCH 7th.* 12pm.

Week 10: All Hail Emperor Augustus! (27 BC AD-14) (AG)

Summer Term 2016 TBA

Week 1 ESSAY RETURNS on Tues in Kevin Butcher's office (across from Clive) H.220 and Thursday in H237 (across from the common room). The sign up sheet will be outside Kevin's office.

Week 2 Revision Lecture: Practicalities (Taking and Marking the exam) (for a more a guide to more structural revision, see notes and powerpoint from the Revision materials given in week 10 of the spring term).

Week 3 Revision lecture: in situ . This week I offer an optional trip to the British Museum on Tuesday May 10th 2016 . I will be there from 10.45 am. Advance tickets can be quite inexpensive and If you come into Euston (virgin or capital connect) you can walk the short distance to the museum. Session will cover mostly IGRH materials, but will also consider objects for GC&S and RC&S.

Week 4 QUESTION TIME: I will be available this week for questions and concerns, but there will be no formal lecture.