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Introduction to Ancient Greek History

Yale,, Fall 2007 , Prof. Donald Kagan

Overview

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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Lecture 1: Introduction

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Lecture Details

Introduction to Ancient Greek History (CLCV 205) Professor Donald Kagan explains why people should study the ancient Greeks. He argues that the Greeks are worthy of our study not only because of their vast achievements and contributions to Western civilization (such as in the fields of science, law, and politics) but also because they offer a unique perspective on humanity. To the Greeks, man was both simultaneously capable of the greatest achievements and the worst crimes; he was both great and important, but also mortal and fallible. He was a tragic figure, powerful but limited. Therefore, by studying the Greeks, one gains insight into a tension that has gripped and shaped the West and the rest of the world through its influence. In short, to study the Greeks is to study the nature of human experience. 0000 - Chapter 1. Ancient Greece as the Foundation of Western Civilization 1306 - Chapter 2. The Judeo Christian Tradition 2450 - Chapter 3. Problems Posed by the Western Tradition Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educourses This course was recorded in Fall 2007.

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Sam

Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.

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Dembe

Great course. Thank you very much.

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