Summer 2024 - HUM 277 D100

History of Greek Civilization (3)

Class Number: 3466

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 10, 2024
    Sat, 3:30–6:30 p.m.



Surveys the history of Greek civilization from Mycenaean Greece to the Roman Republic's conquest of the Greek city-states. Students who have taken HIST 307 under this topic or HIST 277 or HS 277 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


Having been asked on his deathbed to whom he bequests his empire, Alexander the Great, according to a legend, responded: “To the best one.” Thus, began to develop legends about the great general and king of Macedon and Asia, Alexander who is to be known as Great. Similarly, tales and myths have evolved around other Greek kings, masters, slaves, heroes, and even whole cities so that the Ancient Greeks would be able to explain and remember their own great past.

This course follows the socioeconomic and political evolution of Greek civilization from c. 3000 BCE and the rise of the first sedentary culture of the Minoans in Crete to 146 BCE when the Greek city-states of Greece were conquered by the Romans. It examines the outcomes of migration, the rise of cities, development of trade, economy and colonialism in the Ancient Greek world. Important questions this course will consider include: who were the Greeks? What role does mythology play in helping to understand the ancient world? What is the relationship between Greece and migration? By answering these questions, and more, students will come to possess a greater understanding of ancient Greece and how perceptions of it influence the world today.


At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate their proficiency in the following activities:

  • Read and analyse Humanities texts to academic standards.
  • Place texts in their historical and cultural context.
  • Gain an understanding of the phenomenon of Hellenism and its relationship to humanity.
  • Understand Hellenism how it was conceived in both its ancient and modern contexts.


  • In-Class Participation 20%
  • Two Quizzes 20%
  • Midterm 30%
  • Final Exam 30%



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