The Rise and Fall of Athens - CLAS7630

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This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


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: 20
Total Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
• Essay 1 (1,500 words) – 40%
• Essay 2 (1,500 words) – 40%
• Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%

Reassessment methods:
• 100% Coursework (3,000 words)

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.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate critical understanding of the political, social, economic and military history of Greece in the 5th century BC;
2 Demonstrate critical ability in historical interpretations of the source material;
3 Demonstrate understanding of the importance of using interdisciplinary source material, such as historical textual sources, epigraphic evidence and archaeological remains;
4 Demonstrate detailed knowledge of interactions between the different Greek tribes and their political and military alliances and between Greeks and Persians;
5 Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the role historical events played in the development of classical Greece;
6 Demonstrate confident skills in historiography and textual analysis.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate a thorough understanding of library and web-based sources;
2 Demonstrate confident general critical skills;
3 Demonstrate competence in working both independently and in groups;
4 Demonstrate confident communication skills.


  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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