HIST 309/HUMN 309/CLAS 309: Ancient Greece (Rev. C2/C3/C2/C3/C2/C3) Report a Broken Link

Unit 6: The Persian Wars, Athens, and Herodotus


Read Book VII, chapters 138–145: The Greeks prepare for Xerxes' invasion.

Read Book VII, chapters 201–228: Battle of Thermopylae.

Read Book VIII, chapters 40–57, 66–71, 74, 79–99: Battle of Salamis and the flight of Xerxes

Unit 8: The Peloponnesian Wars and Thucydides


Book 1: 139–146 (pp. 68–73) The Athenians’ response to Spartan pressure (432 BCE).

Book 2: sections 34–46 (pp. 89–96) Pericles Funeral Oration during the first winter (431/0 BCE).

Book 2: 47–54 (pp. 96–100) The plague in Athens during the second summer (430 BCE).

Book 2: sections 55–66 (pp.100–107) Pericles’ final speech on his policy during the second summer (430 BCE). For optional notes, scroll down to pp. 516-18 of the translation.

Unit 9: Classical Theatre


Unit 10: Early Greek Philosophy: The Presocratics and Socrates


Unit 11: Plato and Aristotle


Many translations have a series of numbers and letters that refer to the standard Greek edition of Plato’s works: this enables one to refer to the same passage no matter what the page number is in a particular translation. The questions refer to these numbers and also give the page numbers of the ebook as they appear on each page. This e-book can be read online, downloaded, or printed. From Plato’s The Republic, please read the following excerpts. The links to these are provided with the corresponding study questions below.

Philosopher-Kings, Book 5, 473c–480a, pages 138–146

Ship of State, Book 6, 487b–489c, pages 150–152

Form of the Good: Simile of the Sun, Book 6, 504d–509c, pages 166–171

Simile of the Divided Line, Book 6, 509d–511e, pages 171–174

Parable of the Cave, Book 7, 514a–521b, pages 174–181

Unit 12: The Rise of Macedon and Alexander the Great


Read sections 5.1 to 9.4.

Unit 13: The Hellenistic Kingdoms and the Rise of Rome


Unit 14: Hellenistic Culture and Conclusion