Oct 24, 2019  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20
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CLAS 2520 - Classical Athens

Focuses on the people of the Greek city of Athens during an extraordinarily creative period of history–the century and a half from 480 B.C to 323 B.C–when the Athenians undertook the world’s first democratic experiment. Examines textual sources (literature, philosophy, history, speeches and public documents) and archaeological sources (architecture, sculpture, painting) for the light which they shed on the ancient Athenians’ political, intellectual, and artistic problems, concerns, and achievements. Explores how the Athenians dealt with those fundamental questions about life that face all thinking humans in a democracy.

Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • To be able to distinguish between an opinion and a rational argument.
  • To be able to distinguish similarities and differences between 5th Century Greek culture and modern American culture and to be able to analyze why they exist.
  • To be able to place ancient Greek culture within the historical context of the development of western culture.
  • To be able to take a position on an issue and present a written argument expressing the basis on which that opinion is formed.
  • To be able to use evidence from material culture as well as from literary sources in reaching conclusions about aspects of the ancient world.
  • To understand how we know what we know about ancient Greek culture.

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