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Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics
    • Cleisthenes' Athenian revolution
    • The Ionian Revolt and Marathon
    • Xerxes' invasion of Greece
    • The Delian League, and Athenian democracy radicalised
    • How the Athenian empire was paid for
    • Monuments to the democratic order: the Acropolis and Agora
    • Origins of the Peloponnesian War
    • The many and the few
    • The iron hand of democratic Athens
    • The insane genius of Alcibiades
    • Conon and the battle of Aegospotami
    • Lysander takes over
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MAQ-HST820


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

This subject 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.

  • Assignment 1 - 1500 words including notes (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - 3000 words including notes (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Take-home exam (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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