School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: H-241 Semester: 1st
Course Title: History of the Ancient World I. Polities and Political History in Ancient Greece
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 5
Course type: General Background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Yes
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    Learning outcomes: Students gain knowledge of crucial aspects of political history and political theory of the ancient
    Greek world.

    General Competences: 
    Τhis seminar aims at making students familiar with various techniques of verifying the reliability of written historical sources, such as cross-examination, analogy, inductive or productive thinking, etc. During the seminar, an outline of the respective historical events is reconstructed and various testimonies of different degrees of reliability are assembled in their context. Students, in addition to verifying the reliability and identifying discrepancies between peer pieces of evidence, are asked to investigate possible motives and circumstances due to which the information material provided by the written sources is possible to be severely distorted.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    Ancient Greek cities polities display a considerable variety of forms. In the realm of political philosophy, thinkers perceived these forms through a schema of complicated differences and resemblances. On the same time, they expressed their deep concern as to how polities change, degenerate or gradually shift one to another, and were at pains to verify these phenomena through historical paradigms. These lectures aim at highlighting the most important aspects of the relevant literature, in association with its contemporary developments in economy, society, institutions and diplomacy.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology :
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 39
    Bibliographical homework and study 20
    Studying for the final exams 70
    Course total: 129
    Student performance evaluation: Final written examination in Greek, short-answer questions


    Suggested bibliography:
    Προτεινόμενη Βιβλιογραφία: Α. Αndrewes, Αρχαία ελληνική κοινωνία, μτφρ. A. Παναγόπουλος, Αθήνα 2003: MIET
    F. Gschnitzer, Ιστορία της αρχαίας ελληνικής κοινωνίας, μτφρ. Ά. Χανιώτης, Αθήνα 2011: MIET