CIV 110: Classical Athens


Office Hours:

W.E Hutton

MWF 12-1

Morton 326

and by appointment




Time and Place of Class: MWF 11-12; Morton 220

Required Texts:

J. Camp, The Archaeology of Athens

Joint Association of Classical Teachers, The World of Athens

Plato's Symposium

Photocopied Course Pack for CIV 110 (available at the bookstore)

Additional required reading assignments will be made from material on Blackboard


Important Electronic Addresses:

Blackboard (for general class information):

Professorís e-mail:

Course Description:

This is not a course in history, archaeology, art history, literature, or philosophy. Instead, we will combine the viewpoints of all these disciplines to present a comprehensive look at one of the most important places and times in the history of human civilization. The object of our study is a period of about two centuries in the history of an ancient Greek city-state, the so-called "classical" period of Athens (ca. 490 - 323 BCE), home of democracy, Socrates, the Parthenon, Sophocles and Plato, all of which will become familiar to you in the course of the semester.

Components of your Grade, Option I (with shorter research report):

Quizzes and assignments:


Research report:


Midterm Exam:


Final Exam:



Components of your Grade, Option II (with longer research report):

Quizzes and Assignments


Research Report


Midterm Exam


(Reduced) Final Exam



Explanation of the Components of your grade

Quizzes and assignments: Roughly every other week you can expect very brief quizzes designed to focus your attention on course material and to stimulate discussion. You will also occasionally be asked to complete written assignments (typically involving no more than a paragraph or two of writing). You may miss or drop any one of these without effect on your grade, and for that reason, no makeups will be given for quizzes or assignments that are missed, even for legitimate reasons. Quizzes and Assignments will receive one of the following grades: 100% for work that shows extraordinary effort and strong familiarity with course material; 90% for work that shows strong grasp of course materials and is free from major errors; 70% for work that is acceptable but somewhat erroneous or incomplete; 50% for work that is seriously deficient but still not devoid of merit, and No Credit (0%) for work that is absent, late or grossly inadequate.

The Research Report will be an essay on some topic relating to classical Athens (such as a work of art, a building or monument, a famous person, a work of literature, an aspect of society or government). Reading in ancient literature and modern scholarship beyond what is assigned for class will be necessary and citation of a specific minimum number of ancient and modern sources will be required. You may choose to do a short report (ca. 1000 words (3-5 pages)) or a long report (ca. 2000 words (7-10 pages), with a higher minimum number of sources cited). If you choose to do a long report, you will the report will make up a higher percentage of your final grade, and you will not have to write an essay on the final exam. For both types of report you are required to get approval for your topic by the date listed on the class schedule below. You will also be required to turn in an annotated Bibliography for your report. No reports will be accepted that have not been approved by the date listed on the course schedule below; likewise, no report will be accepted for which an annotated bibliography has not been turned in by the deadline listed on the course schedule. Reports may be submitted in the form of a Web site, if you are electronically inclined. Also, any student who is willing to present an illustrated 5-minute talk to the class on his/her topic can earn up to 5% extra credit on the grade for his/her report. (scheduling will necessarily limit the number of students who can do this: presentations will be scheduled on a first-come, first-scheduled basis).

Midterm Exam will consist of short-answer and multiple-choice questions. You will also be asked to pick from a list of articles to read (ones that will not be discussed in class) and asked a series of questions about the article on the exam.

Final Exam: will be similar to the midterm exam except it will have a somewhat larger number of multiple choice/short answer questions, and you will also be asked to write an essay. You will be given two hours for this exam. Student who choose the long report option will not have to write the essay.

This is too large a class for me to give grades for attendance and class participation, but students who distinguish themselves through regular attendance and attentive and active participation will receive favorable consideration in borderline grading situations. Those who do not, will not.

Your grade will be calculated on a percentage basis and converted to a letter grade at the end of the semester. The conversion will operate as follows: 93-100% = A; 89 - 92% = A-; 85-88% = B+; 81-84% = B; 78 - 80% = B-; 74-77% = C+; 70 - 73% = C; 65 - 69% = C-; 61-64% = D+ ; 57 - 60 = D; 53 - 56 = D-; below 53% = F

Important Dates:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18: Deadline for choosing Exam article


MONDAY, APRIL 1: Deadline for getting approval for research report topic, and

deadline for choosing long or short report option

MONDAY, APRIL 15: Due Date for Bibliography

FRIDAY, APRIL 26: Due Date for research report

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 (1:30 - 4:30 p.m.) Final Exam

Policy on Unusual Circumstances:

No make-ups or special arrangements for the exams or the research report will be granted without verifiable evidence of severe personal affliction. If circumstances prevent you from meeting deadlines, or writing tests you must notify me of your situation within 48 hours of the deadline, otherwise no special arrangements will be made.


This schedule is subject to change, so find some way to keep abreast of things if you can't make it to class. Changes will be announced in class and on Blackboard as soon as possible. Reading assignments given here are the least that will be required. Additional assignments WILL be made in class. Reading assignments are to be completed BEFORE the class for which they are scheduled.

ABBREVIATIONS FOR READINGS: WA = World of Athens; AA = Archaeology of Athens; BB= reading to be posted on Blackboard; CP= photocopied Course Pack

Jan 16 Introduction

18 Tour of Greece (WA 62-73))

[also, over the next week or so, make your way through the introduction to WA (1-61)]

21 NO CLASS (Martin Luther King day)

23 Prehistoric Greece: Minoans and Mycenaeans (AA Chapter 2 (11-20))

25 Tour of Athens and Attica; the early Iron Age (AA Chapter 1 (3-10); WA 73-88; AA 21-26)


28 The Birth-pangs of Democracy: Archaic Athens (AA 26-47)

30 Alternatives to Athens: the Strange Case of Sparta (BB)

Feb 1 The Persian Wars (AA 47-58; 324-327) QUIZ


4 The Classical Period: Overview; the Age of Kimon (AA 59-72)

6 The Age of Perikles (BB; AA 294-299)

8 The Periclean Program: The Parthenon (AA 74-82; BB)


11 The Periclean Program: Propylaia, Nike and Erechtheion (AA 82-100)

13 The Lower City (AA 100-106)

15 Perikles and Attica (AA 106-117; 301-315) QUIZ


    1. Athenian Economy and Imperialism (WA 227-243)


20 The Arts of War (WA 244-275)

22 Athens in the Peloponnesian War (AA 117-137)

25 Catch-up and Review


Mar 1 Special event TBA


Mar 4-8 Spring Break, no class


11 Greek Religion (WA 89-116)

13 Athenian Festivals (WA 116-131)

15 Attic Cult Sites (AA 277-279; 283-289; 322-324)


18 Greek Values and Home Life (WA 132-152)

20 Gender and Sexuality (WA 152-176; BB)

22 Slaves and Metics (WA 177-190) QUIZ

25 Doctors and Death (WA 190-195; AA 261-264)

27 Athenian Drama (WA 300-329)

29 Sophocles' Antigone (CP)


Apl. 1 Antigone continued



3 Aristophanes' Lysistrata (CP)

5 Drama on Film QUIZ


8 Athens in the Fourth Century (AA 137-160)

10 Athenian Government and Law (WA 196-226)

12 Court Cases: In Reply to Simon, Against Conon (CP)


15 The Rise of Philosophy (WA 276-296)



17 Plato's Symposium (CP)

19 Plato's Symposium QUIZ

22 Sculpture and Vase Painting (WA 329-352)

24 Athens in Later times (AA 183-222)

26 Athens in the Modern World (AA 223-244)


Tuesday, April 30, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.: FINAL EXAM