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The Ancient Greeks (Coursera)

This is a survey of ancient Greek history from the Bronze Age to the death of Socrates in 399 BCE. Along with studying the most important events and personalities, we will consider broader issues such as political and cultural values and methods of historical interpretation.


Week 1: Prehistory to Homer

Week 2: The Archaic Age (ca. 800-500 BCE)

Week 3: Two City-States: Sparta and Athens

Week 4: Democracy. The Persian Wars

Week 5: “The Great 50 Years” (ca. 480-431 BCE)

Week 6: The Peloponnesian War I

Week 7: The End of the War, the End of the Century