The Rise and Fall of Athens - CLAS7060

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module examines, in detail, Greek history from the end of the Persian invasions to the fall of Athens in 404 BC. The main themes of the module are the rise and fall of the power of Athens, the Peloponnesian War and the role of the Persian Empire in Greek history in the 5th century BC. Particular attention will be paid to the causes of the conflict between Athens and Sparta and to the political and military history of the last three decades of the 5th century BC.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30


Also available under code CL707 (Level 6)

Method of assessment

• Essay 1 (2,500 words) – 50%
• Essay 2 (2,500 words) – 50%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List -
Dillon, M. and Garland, L. (2013). The Ancient Greeks, London and New York: Routledge
Hornblower, S. (2011). The Greek World 479-323 BC, New York: Routledge
Parker, P. (2014). A History of Greece 1300 to 30 BC, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell
Rhodes, P.J. (2010). A History of the Classical Greek World 478-323 BC, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module Level 5 students will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical understanding of the political, social, economic and military history of Greece in the 5th century BC;
- Demonstrate critical ability in historical interpretations of the source material;
- Demonstrate understanding of the importance of using interdisciplinary source material, such as historical textual sources, epigraphic evidence and archaeological remains;
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge of interactions between the different Greek tribes and their political and military alliances and between Greeks and Persians;
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the role historical events played in the development of classical Greece;
- Demonstrate confident skills in historiography and textual analysis.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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