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CLA 119 — Six Cities: An Introduction to Ancient Greece

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jan 17—Feb 28
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 30
Unit: 1
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Barbara Clayton
Status: Open
Winter
On-campus
Thursdays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Jan 17—Feb 28
7 weeks
Drop By
Jan 30
1 Unit
Fees
$365
Instructor(s):
Barbara Clayton
Open
The ancient Greek world continues to fascinate us, both because it is the beginning of Western civilization, and because the Greeks were in many ways profoundly different from us. This course will be an introduction to ancient Greece presented as a journey to six different cities, a journey that will engage us with the history, culture, and daily lives of the ancient Greeks.

We will begin with Mycenae, where we will examine the ruins of the late Bronze Age and investigate the culture that inspired the Homeric epic poems. A trip to Olympia will allow us to look at the athletic competitions that were an essential component of Greek culture. Next, we will stop at Delphi, home of Apollo’s oracle, and use this important site to explore Greek religion. Week five will find us in Sparta, where we will consider what made the Spartans so memorably different from their fellow Greeks. Week six will take us to the jewel of the ancient Greek world: 5th-century Athens, city of Socrates and Pericles. We will end our journey in Egyptian Alexandria, which preserved the legacy of classical Greece while creating its own identity as the new cosmopolitan center of the Greek world in the wake of Alexander the Great.

Barbara Clayton, Independent Scholar

Barbara Clayton has been teaching at Stanford Continuing Studies since 1999 and for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute since 2015. She has taught Classics at Oberlin College, Santa Clara University, and Stanford, where she was also a lecturer in a freshman humanities program for many years. She is the author of A Penelopean Poetics: Reweaving the Feminine in Homer’s Odyssey. Clayton received a PhD in Classics from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) David Sansone, Ancient Greek Civilization, 3rd Edition (ISBN 9781119098157)
(Required) Jenifer Neils and Stephen V. Tracy, The Games at Athens (ISBN 978876616413)
(Required) Plutarch, On Sparta (ISBN 9780140449433)
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