Fall 2018 - HS 307 D100

Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies (4)

Warfare in Antiquity

Class Number: 9430

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5004, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    James Horncastle
    jhorncas@sfu.ca
    Office: AQ 6207
    Office Hours: Mon 12:30-14:30 or by appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Selected Topics. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HS 307 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Students with credit for HIST 307 may take HS 307 for credit only when a different topic is taught.

COURSE DETAILS:

Perhaps no other element of Hellenistic culture has captured the popular imagination as its relationship with warfare. Including the movies Troy and 300, there have been no shortages of films that examine ancient Greek warfare. Even the HBO series Game of Thrones draws upon elements of what scholars associate with ‘Greek’ warfare in its representations of battle. Are these portrayals, however, accurate? What do they get right? What do they get wrong? Are these films useful for analyzing the battles they represent? How have these popular representations of warfare influenced our perception of war? This course examines how warfare in the ancient and classical Greek world was actually fought and its relationship with society, and if these films accurately capture this dynamic. Students will engage with the primary sources from the period to critically assess whether modern representations of warfare in the Hellenistic world either improve, or hinder, our ability to understand the past. Welcome to HS 307: Ancient War in Popular Media: From Thermopylae to Game of Thrones.

Grading

  • Class Participation 20%
  • Paper Proposal 10%
  • Quizzes 30%
  • Final Paper 40%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

All readings will be made available online through either the course website or SFU Library. 

Registrar Notes:

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