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Introduction to Ancient Greek History

Yale,, Fall 2007 , Prof. Donald Kagan

Updated On 02 Feb, 19

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

Includes

Lecture 8: Sparta

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Lecture Details

Introduction to Ancient Greek History (CLCV 205)

In this lecture, Professor Donald Kagan explores the rise, fall, and significance of tyrannies in the Greek polis. He argues that the various tyrannies in the Greek world had both negative and positive aspects, which need to be appreciated. For instance, on the one hand, tyrannies promoted economic, commercial and artistic advances. On the other hand, tyrannies ruled absolutely and curbed the freedom of the polis. Finally, Professor Kagan intimates that tyrannies in many ways were a necessary step in the development of the classical polis. In short, through tyrannies, the power and influence of the aristocracy was broken and the hoplite farmer grew greater in significance.

0000 - Chapter 1. Theorizing Why the Hoplite Phalanx Was Not Adopted by Others
1034 - Chapter 2. How Greeks Understood Tyranny
2115 - Chapter 3. The Rise of Greek Tyranny
4018 - Chapter 4. Herodotuss Story of Orthagoras at Sicyon
5025 - Chapter 5. The Story of Gyges and Unconventional Power
5435 - Chapter 6. Features of Tyrannies
010823 - Chapter 7. Consequences of Tyranny to Greek Life

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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