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This is an introductory course in Greek history tracing the development of Greek civilization as manifested in political, intellectual, and creative achievements from the Bronze Age to the end of the classical period. Students read original sources in translation as well as the works of modern scholars.

Course Contains

28 hours of lecture videos

23 lectures

Course books


Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University. A former dean of Yale College, he received his Ph.D. in 1958 from The Ohio State University. His publications include The Archidamian War, The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition, Pericles and the Birth of the Athenian Empire, On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace, and The Peloponnesian War. In 2002 he was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal and in 2005 was named the National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecturer.


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CLCV 205: Introduction to Ancient Greek History by Donald Kagan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at Cover picture source.

Course content

  • Lecture 1 Introduction

  • Lecture 2 The Dark Ages

  • Lecture 3  The Dark Ages (cont.)

  • Lecture 4 The Rise of the Polis

  • Lecture 5 The Rise of the Polis (cont.)

  • Lecture 6 The Greek "Renaissance"-Colonization and Tyranny

  • Lecture 7 The Greek "Renaissance"- C and T (cont.)

  • Lecture 8 Sparta

  • Lecture 9 Sparta (cont.)

  • Lecture 10 The Rise of Athens

  • Lecture 11 The Rise of Athens (cont.)

  • Lecture 12 The Persian Wars

  • Lecture 13 The Athenian Empire

  • Lecture 14 The Athenian Empire (cont.)

  • Lecture 15 Athenian Democracy

  • Lecture 16 Athenian Democracy (cont.)

  • Lecture 17 The Peloponnesian War, Part I

  • Lecture 18 The Peloponnesian War, Part I (cont.)

  • Lecture 19 The Peloponnesian War, Part II

  • Lecture 20 The Peloponnesian War, Part II (cont.)

  • Lecture 21 The Struggle for Hegemony in Fourth-Century Greece

  • Lecture 22 The Struggle for Hegemony  (cont.)

  • Lecture 23 Twilight of the Polis

  • Lecture 24 Twilight of the Polis (cont.) and Conclusion

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