The Athenian Empire 510-404 BC - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - 1500 words including notes (20%) , Essay 2 - 3000 words including notes (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,317.00
International 2,567.00

This unit was previously known as HST820 The Athenian Empire 510-404 BC.

This unit provides an in-depth study of Athens and its empire in the fifth century BC, commencing with Cleisthenes' reforms. Athens' role in the Persian wars will be discussed, and the evidence (documentary and literary) for the Delian League will be studied from the foundation of the league until its dissolution with the defeat of Athens in the Peloponnesian War.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. have an in-depth understanding of the evidence for, and the nature of, the Delian League, and Athenian politics in the Delian League and in the Persian wars, as well as at home
  2. have an in-depth understanding of the ancient sources (literary, documentary and epigraphic) that relate to the Delian League, Athenian involvement in that league, and the events which occurred in the period of time in question
  3. synthesise knowledge by relating together different ancient sources to find common themes, viewpoints and attitudes that can be thought to be characteristic of Athenian attitudes to other Greeks in this period. This includes use of current methodologies within the discipline
  4. critically evaluate scholarship on the ancient sources, focusing on such aspects as use of and interaction with ancient sources; discerning and critiquing methodology and its impact on arguments and conclusion presented, and bias (overt or hidden)
  5. present findings in a professional manner through developed written communication skills.
  • Essay 1 — 1500 words including notes (20%)
  • Essay 2 — 3000 words including notes (40%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Take-home exam (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST820 — The Athenian Empire 510-404 BC

Must hold a Bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary institution; international students require IELTS of 6.5.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Cleisthenes' Athenian revolution
2The Ionian Revolt and Marathon
3Xerxes' invasion of Greece
4The Delian League, and Athenian democracy radicalised
5How the Athenian empire was paid for
6Monuments to the democratic order: the Acropolis and Agora
7Origins of the Peloponnesian War
8The many and the few
9The iron hand of democratic Athens
10The insane genius of Alcibiades
11Conon and the battle of Aegospotami
12Lysander takes over

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

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