This seminar will explore the relationship between the socio-political history and cultural development of Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. Students will be encouraged to analyze both archeological and literary evidence throughout the process of democratization, paying particular attention to the Periclean building program, including the sanctuary of Athena on the Acropolis, the Agora, domestic Athenian architecture and the panhellenic sanctuaries of Delphi and Olympia. Selections from the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, the plays of Sophocles and Aristophanes, the dialogues of Plato and Aristotle's Constitution of Athens will highlight the functions and limitations of the democratic regime.
Course Attributes: BU ISAMP
Section 01Ampersand: The Age of Pericles
INSTRUCTOR: McClellandView Course Listing