Fall 2022 - HUM 150 D900

Warfare in the Hellenic World: From Plato to NATO (3)

Class Number: 6244

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Fri, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 8, 2022
    Thu, 3:30–6:30 p.m.



From the days of Achilles to the Second World War, warfare has changed the Greek experience. Examines the evolution of warfare, from Ancient Greece to modem Europe, considering the interplay of violence, technology, ideology, and society. Students with credit for HS 150 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


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The Ancient and Classical Greek worlds have fascinated writers and intellectuals for much of recorded history. Whether it was the philhellenes in the nineteenth century who helped give rise to the Greek state, or Zack Snyder’s film 300, perhaps no other aspect of this history is studied, romanticized, and analyzed as much as warfare. Warfare was not just important to the development of Ancient and Classical Greece as it has played an important role in shaping the history of the Hellenistic world from antiquity to the present. This insight gives rise to several important questions: how has warfare shaped Greek culture and identity? Is there a ‘Greek’ way of warfare? How has warfare in the Hellenistic world shifted over time? How has Hellenistic warfare affected the way other countries wage war? How has Greek culture affected the conduct of war? Answering these questions will not only help students understand the role that warfare has played in shaping the Greek world, but also how it has impacted the international community as a whole.


  • Two quizzes 20%
  • Participation 20%
  • Midterm (week 7) 30%
  • Final Exam 30%


This course counts towards a concentration in Hellenic Studies for students in a Humanities major or minor program as well as a Hellenic Studies Certificate.



All readings will be available through the SFU Library.


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