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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Living and Dying in Classical Athens
    Subject Classical Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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    (18 CLAS, GREK or LATN points) or 54 points
    CLAS 332
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Teaching staff
    Lecturer: Dr Arlene Allan
    Paper Structure

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

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

    D. Grene & R. Lattimore, Sophocles 1: Three Tragedies (Chicago).

    Esposito, Stephen (ed) Euripides, Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae. (Newburyport, MA: Focus).

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes
    An appreciation of the ways in which historical and cultural context can influence artistic content and interpretation.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20
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