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16 lectures of 45 minutes
Taught by: Professor ANDREW SZEGEDY-MASZAK, WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
Drawing on art, literature, recent archeological discovers and the record of history, Professor Szegedy-Maszak of Wesleyan University explores the culture of 2,500 years of Greek civilization.
Beginning with Greece's own pre-history in Cycladic and Minoan civilizations through the warrior kings of Mycenae, the lectures share in the invention and developing consciousness that led to the poetry of Homer, the philosophical achievements of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, the rise and disappointments of early democracy, the beginnings of historical understanding the harsh tensions imposed by the colonial and military ambitions of the Greeks, as well as the rich artistic legacy left ot us by the rich first flower of western civilization.
Course Lecture Titles
Lecture 01-INTRODUCTION AND PREHISTORY: THE CYCLADIC AND MINOAN CIVILIZATION Lecture 02-HOMER AND THE ORIGINS OF THE EPIC TRADITION Lecture 03-THE ARCHAIC AGE Lecture 04-SPARTA AND LYCURGUS: THE CREATION OF A MARTIAL UTOPIA Lecture 05-ATHENS AND SOLON: ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL REFORM Lecture 06-FROM TYRANNY TO DEMOCRACY Lecture 07-THE IONIAN PHILOSOPHERS, HERODOTUS, AND THE BIRTH OF HISTORY: THE PERSIAN WARS Lecture 08-THE WAR GENERATION Lecture 09-SOCIETY AND SOCIAL LIFE IN ATHENS Lecture 10-TRAGEDY, MYTH, RITUAL AND THE POLIS Lecture 11-DEMOCRACY AND EMPIRE: THE RULE OF PERICLES Lecture 12-THUCYDIDES AND SCIENTIFIC HISTORY: THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR Lecture 13-OLD COMEDY AND NEW POLITICIANS: SATIRISTS AND DEMAGOGUES Lecture 14-SOCRATES Lecture 15-THE FOURTH CENTURY AND THE RISE OF MACEDON Lecture 16-ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THE ONSET OF THE HELLENISTIC AGE