Greek Civilization Notes and Videos

Video lectures for a course on Greek Civilization (Rutgers University, Spring 2016):

Lecture Notes

The Minoans and the Myceneans (the Bronze Age)

Heroic Society in Homer: Honor, fame, loss, death

Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns: The Iron Age and Poetry About the Gods

Greeks in a Wider World: Migrations, Colonies, and Herodotus’ Histories

Athens and Sparta: polis, hoplites, tyrants, democracy

The Persian Wars

Women in Ancient Greece, Sappho’s fragments and Oresteia

Blood, Justice, Democracy, Empire: Athens’ Golden Age (480-401 BCE)

Theater and the Polis; Citizen and City

The Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

The Peloponnesian War, Thucydides and Aristophanes

The ‘New Learning’: Aristophanes’ Clouds, the Sophists, Socrates 

The Rise and Fall of Sparta; Plato’s Symposium

Critique of Democracy, Plato’s Apology of Socrates, Rise of Macedon


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