Fall 2023 - HUM 110 D100

The Greek World (3)

Class Number: 4524

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 8, 2023
    Fri, 8:30–11:30 a.m.



An interdisciplinary introduction to the Greek culture in different periods. Using various sources and materials the course explores continuities and ruptures, evolutions and revolutions, and the impact such issues have on the imagination of people today. Students with credit for HS 100 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


This course is a study of the Greek World at large from the time when civilization first stirred in the Aegean Sea through the modern age. Starting with the dawn of civilization in the Near East we move to Homer’s heroic times, and then examine the rise of city-states, study the vibrancy of the Athenian Democracy and the stark might of Sparta. Alexander the Great takes us to the rich Hellenistic world of the east. We then explore the lives of the Greeks and the afterlife of their ideas in the Roman era when the teachings of Jesus are recorded in Greek into the New Testament and preached by St Paul by the Acropolis. We then visit Byzantium’s palaces, where Christian Roman emperors speak Greek. By the time of the Renaissance Byzantine intellectuals teach Greek philosophy to Italian aristocrats in Florence while merchants link, by way of trade, new and old Greek communities in Ottoman Constantinople, Venice, and Odessa. Our journey ends in the present, reflecting on the economic crisis, cutting age cinema and refugee movements. 


  • Students will gain an interdisciplinary insight into the history and culture of Greece and Hellenism from antiquity to the present through examination of sources from this era and the study of modern scholarship on the subject at hand. 
  • Students will learn to analyze art, architecture and literature from diverse periods of Greek history, and interpret it in wider cultural and historical contexts. 
  • Students will evaluate our ideas about identity, history, and culture from diverse perspectives (historical, artistic, literary), and how these ideas shape our beliefs today. 


  • Class Participation 15%
  • Small Quizzes 10%
  • Test 1 25%
  • Test 2 25%
  • Test 3 25%


This course counts towards a concentration in Hellenic Studies, Public Engagement & Intellectual Culture for students in a Humanities major or minor program. It also counts towards a certificate in Hellenic Studies.



Class Readings and other study materials (videos, images, lecture power-point presentations, study questions, maps and more), will all be provided in PDF form on CANVAS. There is no assigned textbook.



Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.