History of Greece Syllabus

History of Greece (fall 2012; 11am – 12.45pm TF; McDermott 211)

The history of Greece will being with the Stone Age and the ancient Minoan and Mycenean cultures and end with the Byzantine Era.

Kristina Chew, Ph.D. ~ Associate Professor of Classics ~ Dept. of Modern & Classical  Languages & Literatures ~ Hillsdorf Hall (51 Glenwood Avenue), Room 203 ~ Saint Peter’s University ~ Tel. 201.761.6295 ~ Email. kchew@saintpeters.edu ~ Website: https://pavovox.wordpress.comOffice Hours: Monday, Wednesday: 110am – 1pm


Week 1 Aug. 31 Fri. Introductions, geography, sources, chronology.

Week 2     Sept. 4       Tues. The Stone Age; Minoan Crete

7  Fri. Mycenaean World

Week 3     Sept. 11. Tues. The so-called “Dark Age”

14 Fri. Archaic Greece

Week 4    Sept. 18. Tues. Ancient Greek religion

21 Fri. Rise of the Polis

Week 5    Sept. 25  Tues Colonization and Tyranny: The Greek “Renaissance

28 Fri. Colonization and Tyranny: The Greek “Renaissance

Week 6   Oct. 2.       Tues. Sparta

5  Fri. The rise of Athens

Week 7    Oct. 9      Tues. The Persian Wars

12 Fri. Athenian Empire, Democracy

Week 8         Oct. 16.   The Peloponnesian War

19 Fri. The Peloponnesian War

Week 9    Oct 23. The Peloponnesian War

26 Fri.. The Fourth Century, the rise of Thebes

Week 10  Oct. 30.     Philip of Macedon

Nov. 2 Fri. Alexander the Great

Week 11   Nov. 6.        The Hellenistic World

9   Fri. The Hellenistic World

Week 12      Nov. 13  The Hellenistic World, Conquest of Rome

16 Thurs. The Roman Emperor Constantine

Week 13     Nov. 20.         The Byzantine Empire

22  Thurs. –Thanksgiving College holiday

Week  14     Nov. 27      The Byzantine Empire

30     Fri. The Byzantine Empire

Week 15     Dec. 4.         Tues. Review

7  Fri.. Review – LAST DAY OF CLASS

Week 16    Dec. 12         Tues. – Reading day


Course Goals. By the end of the semester, the student will have accomplished the following goals:

• The student will have acquired a solid knowledge of the chronology of Greek history. • The student will be able to discuss a number of key events in ancient Greek history (the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian Wars, the rise of Philip of Macedon, the conquests of Alexander the Great).

Textbooks (REQUIRED).

The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories. Herodotus, ed. Robert B. Strassler, trans. Andrea L. Purvis, intro. Rosalind Thomas. (New York: Pantheon 2007).

The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War . Thucydides, ed. Robert B. Strassler, trans. Robert Crawley, intro. Victor Davis Hanson. (New York: Free Press 1996).

What You Are Expected to Do Every Day.

The student is expected to check the professor’s webpage


for assignments and information, as well as the dates and subject matter of papers and any quizzes/tests. You should check your email and the professor’s website at least twice a day (morning and evening). Other technologies that will be used are films (videos & DVD’s) and computer presentations.

Grading. Class Participation & Homework 30% ~ Mid-term 20% ~ Final exam 20% ~ Papers 30%

Calculation of Grades. Grading will be based on the following scale of correspondences: 100-97 A |  4.0 96-94  |  A- 3.793-91 |    B+ 3.3 90-87  |      B 3.0 86-83 |   B- 2.782-80 |    C+ 2.3 79-70   |  C 2.069-67 |  D+ 1.5 6-63  |     D 1.0 62-0 |  F 0.0

Quizzes. At the instructor’s discretion, there may be short quizzes about material discussed in class lectures and the reading.

Mid-term, Final Exam. The midterm will include identifications of terms, events, etc.. The final exam will include identifications and essay questions.

Essays/Short Writing Assignments. These will range from 2 – 8 pages; be assigned throughout the semester; be in-class and out-of-class; address a variety of topics using the primary sources written by Herodotus and Thucydides.

Oral Presentations. Students are to give one presentation based on the secondary source readings about Herodotus and one about Thucydides. These will be 10 minutes long and should summarize the information in the assigned source and make connections to topics discussed in class. Use of PowerPoint or presentation software is optional.

Statement Regarding Students with Disabilities. The instructor is very glad to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities, to assist them in the classroom and in all assigned work. Such accommodations can include, but are not limited to: being given more time to complete quizzes, tests and exams; being able to use an electronic device during class to take notes; recording lectures; meeting individually with the instructor. Please notify the instructor regarding any such accommodations via email or other communication.

Plagiarism Policy. Plagiarism is the stealing, purchasing, or copying of someone else’s ideas, writing, or other original work and using them as one’s own.  Plagiarism, intentional or unintentional, is considered academic dishonesty and all instances will be reported to the Office of the Academic Dean. Plagiarism and cheating of any kind are not tolerated under any circumstances. The following are the College’s definitions of plagiarism and cheating (from the College’s webspage on Student Conduct, http://www.spc.edu/pages/1310.asp).

Plagiarism is a most serious form of dishonesty. It may be defined as stealing or purchasing the ideas and writings of another and using them as one’s own. The most common form of plagiarism is the incorporation of whole sentences and paragraphs from published material into papers submitted as one’s own work or purchasing term papers and/or related materials and submitting them as one’s own work. The forms of plagiarism are many and varied, and it is not the intent of this policy statement, therefore, to give a complete catalog. Plagiarism is rarely the result of confusion or misunderstanding. If one conscientiously acknowledges the sources of one’s ideas and citations, plagiarism is effectively avoided. In cases of doubt, students should consult their instructors.

The College, as a matter of policy, does not condone or tolerate plagiarism. Students who submit plagiarized work are liable to receive a failing grade for the assignment and/or the course. In more serious cases, the student who plagiarizes is liable to be suspended or dismissed from the College by the appropriate academic dean.Cheating is another extremely serious form of dishonesty, and is not tolerated by the college. It may be defined as the giving or accepting of unauthorized assistance with any assignment (including but not restricted to examinations and papers). The most common examples would be copying an answer on an examination (or knowingly allowing one’s answer to be copied, except when collaboration is authorized by the instructor), bringing unauthorized aids to an examination room for one’s own or someone else’s benefit, and providing test questions in advance (or receiving them from anyone other than the instructor in the course).

For further information on plagiarism and the policies regarding academic dishonesty go to the College’s websites on Student Conduct (http://www.spc.edu/pages/1310.asp). on Academic Conduct (http://www.spc.edu/pages/1359.asp).

Attendance Policy.

Students are permitted no more than four absences after which they are in danger of failing the course. After missing two consecutive classes, you must contact the professor by email or phone to provide an explanation of your absence and a plan for making up all missed work. After three absences, an Early Warning form will be sent to the Academic Dean, who will ask you to meet with her in person to discuss the reasons for your absences and your commitment to the class. Lateness to class (more than two times) will count as an absence.

• If you are absent, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor and to check the professor’s website to find out the assignment for the next class meeting. • Always bring the following to class: our textbook, a notebook, and a pen or other writing implement. • Students will help to make this Latin class a community by being courteous and committed members of the class, speaking frequently and thoughtfully in class discussions, and collaborating in occasional group work with one or two other students.

Classroom Conduct. • The use of cell phones, beepers, or other communication devices is disruptive, and is therefore prohibited during class. Except in emergencies, these devices should not be used during classtime.• If you have a laptop computer, netbook, tablet, etc. you are required to turn it off and keep it closed during class, unless you have consulted in advance with the professor about using it. You are not permitted to check email or IM, visit websites, or send text messages during classtime. Failure to comply with this policy will significantly lower your class participation grade and, ultimately, your overall grade in the course.


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