HIST 676 (01) - Topics in Ancient Greek History


Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 16240
Advanced historical study of a particular period or theme in ancient Greek history. May be repeated barring duplication of subject.
Section Comments: Sparta: Where Women Ruled Warrior Men
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Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Equivalent(s): CLAS 676
Instructors: Michael Leese

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 MW 3:40pm - 5:00pm HORT 307
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This course traces the history of the polis of Sparta focusing on its unique economy, gender norms, military, politics, and society from the Homeric period of Menelaus and Helen down through the city-state’s rise and fall as the premier power of the ancient Greek world. The lawgiver Lycurgus’s socialized economy, educational system, marital practices, and women’s rights were all designed to maximize the musculature and fighting prowess of its warrior male citizens. Their Greek neighbors, the Helots, who were enslaved by physical domination, will also be the subject of extensive discussion, as will Spartan women, whose unique ability to own property, trade, and lend money, allowed them to shape the city’s history as its most important business people.