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Unit Overview


This unit covers the years between the Homeric epics and the end of the Persian Wars, the period which shaped the main features of the Classical Greek world. Issues of social, literary, political, military and intellectual history and historiography are explored. The unit highlights social and political developments such as the phenomenon of tyranny and the evolution of oligarchy and democracy. The unit also explores the emergence of Persia as a world power and investigates how the confrontation between Persia and the city-states of mainland Greece entrenched Sparta as the major military power of Greece and gave Athens the naval power for her future development. The unit concludes with an exploration of pre-classical Greek intellectual culture.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) explain and interpret key elements of the history (political, military and cultural) of archaic Greece; (2) demonstrate their understanding of the appropriate use of ancient historical sources (both literary and material) for informed scholarly debate, and synthesise diverse items of ancient evidence; and (3) articulate well-reasoned arguments on key issues concerning the history and culture of archaic Greece, demonstrating their familiarity with contemporary scholarship and with the written conventions of the discipline.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) source analysis; (2) essay; and (3) tutorial participation. 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 O'Sullivan
Unit rules
any Level 2 CLAN unit
CLAH2201 Emergence of Greece
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 1 hour lectures per week delivered online
tutorials: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks from week 2
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.