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Unit Overview


This unit explores the history and culture of Athens in the fifth century BCE. Students are introduced to the major cultural achievements of this period, ranging across literature (both prose and drama), architecture, scientific enquiry and philosophy, and are encouraged to understand these achievements within the broader political context of Athens—a context forged by the twin imperatives of radical democracy and empire. The unit focuses on the ancient sources, both material (for example, the archaeological remains) and literary (principally Thucydides, but also playwrights such as Aristophanes).

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate their understanding of the use of historical sources (both literary and material) from fifth-century Athens; (2) formulate arguments about the key cultural and political achievements of fifth-century Athens, and present these arguments in written form and in discussion with their peers; and (3) demonstrate acquaintance with a body of modern scholarship concerning fifth-century Athens.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) source analysis; (2) tutorial participation; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lara Camilla O'Sullivan
Unit rules
any Level 1 CLAN unit
CLAH2202 Age of Thucydides
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (over 10 weeks)
tutorials: 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks)
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