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CLA 119 — Six Cities: An Introduction to Ancient Greece

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jul 14—Aug 18
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 16
Unit: 1
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): Barbara Clayton
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jul 14—Aug 18
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 16
1 Unit
Barbara Clayton
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 four will find us in Sparta, where we will consider what made the Spartans so memorably different from their fellow Greeks. Week five 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.

Independent Scholar

Barbara Clayton has taught Classics at Oberlin College, Santa Clara University, and Stanford, where she was a lecturer in a freshman humanities program for many years. Since 2015, she has taught for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 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(Author), Ancient Greek Civilization, 3rd edition (ISBN 978-1119098157)
(Required) Plutarch (Author) Richard Talbert, trans., Plutarch, On Sparta(Penguin Classics) (ISBN 978-0140449433)