Sparta and the Greek World

Module code: AH3015

In this module we will treat the ancient warrior society of Sparta in a wide spatial and temporal frame, avoiding the pretence of a seamless narrative—unsupportable given the incomplete evidence—by selecting key aspects from different phases of Spartan history over a long period. 

Topics covered

  • Kingship and government
  • Sparta’s relations with the outside world (e.g. the rest of the Peloponnese, Athens, the Greek colonial milieu, and Persia)
  • Landscape change in Sparta’s territory
  • Aspects of society and culture: art, literature, religion, gender etc
  • The transformation of Sparta into a Roman provincial city.

Learning

  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 2 hours of practical classes/workshops
  • 128 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Presentation (30%)
  • Project (70%)