Classics 251 and 251E: Individual Identity and the Material Culture of the Ancient Greek City
On-campus class followed by three weeks in Athens, Greece
: Professor Rebecca Miller Ammerman, Department of Classics
: Spring 2013
: May 14 – June 3, 2013
: One and one-half credit
Greek 121 and 122 or a higher-level language course in Ancient Greek. In order to participate, the on-campus seminar CLAS 251 must be successfully completed for one credit in the spring 2013 semester immediately before the extended study takes place.
Ancient Athens is the focus of the course that will trace the rise of the Greek city-state, or polis, with all of its political, economic, social, and religious institutions. The course will examine the different structures that defined the identity of an individual in ancient Greece in chronological sequence, from the earliest urban centers of the Bronze Age up to the conquest of the independent city-states by Philip of Macedon in 338 B.C.E. The identity of an individual, not only within a single polity but also within the broader Pan-Hellenic context, will be investigated.
During the on-campus component of the course, students will read and discuss ancient written sources that have a bearing on the subject of citizen identity. Readings include selections from numerous ancient sources: Homer’s Iliad, histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, Plato’s Apology, Aristotle, plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes.
The on-site component of the course in May and June introduces students at firsthand to the physical settings where Greek urban life developed and made its fundamental contribution to western civilization. Most days will be devoted to visiting archaeological sites and museums throughout Athens and the surrounding area of Attica. A three-day field trip to the Pan-Hellenic sanctuaries at Olympia and Delphi as well as day trips to Mycenae, Epidauros, Marathon, and Eleusis are planned.
Extended Study Athens cost estimate Spring 2013
U. S. Department of State Consular Information Sheet for Greece