Introduction to Ancient Greek History

Yale Course , Fall 2007 , Prof. Donald Kagan

Lecture 7: The Greek

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Introduction to Ancient Greek History (CLCV 205)

In this lecture, Professor Donald Kagan explores the rise of Greek colonies. He argues that the rise of new colonies was primarily due to the need for new farmland, although he acknowledges several other important reasons. He also shows where the Greeks colonized and explains that the process of founding a new colony probably took place within the dynamics of a polis. Finally, he offers a few important outcomes of this colonizing impulse.

00:00 - Chapter 1. The Rise of the Greek Colony
12:01 - Chapter 2. How Greek Colonies (or Apoikiai) Worked
37:55 - Chapter 3. Mapping the Colonies
57:27 - Chapter 4. Consequences of Colonization to Greek Life

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This course was recorded in Fall 2007.

Course Description :

Introduction - The Dark Ages - The Rise of the Polis - The Greek - Sparta - The Rise of Athens - The Persian Wars - The Athenian Empire - Athenian Democracy - The Peloponnesian War - The Struggle for Hegemony in Fourth-Century Greece - Twilight of the Polis - Twilight of the Polis (cont.) and Conclusion

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