Living and Dying in Classical Athens

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Living and Dying in Classical Athens

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 CLAS, GREK or LATN points or 54 points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A study of social life in fifth-century BC Athens. Topics include the Greek family and the role of law, literature and political power in Athenian life.

    Athens in the fifth century BCE played a pivotal role in the development of Western civilisation, making important advances in philosophical and political thought, drama, poetry and art. This paper studies how the everyday lives of ancient Athenians intersected with these intellectual advances, looking in particular at their social, political, legal and religious practices.

    Teaching Arrangements
    Two 50-minute lectures each week and one 50-minute tutorial fortnightly over the course of 13 weeks

    Course Structure
    Following four introductory lectures, this paper proceeds to examine nine key aspects of life in classical Athens in Monday lectures and then to consider the degree to which selected tragic texts engage with these aspects of Athenian life in the lectures on Wednesdays.

    Learning Outcomes
    An appreciation of the ways in which historical and cultural context can influence artistic content and interpretation

    D. Grene & R. Lattimore, Sophocles 1: Three Tragedies (Chicago)
    Esposito, Stephen (ed) Euripides, Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae. (Newburyport, MA: Focus)

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