Fall 2020 - HIST 277 C900

History of Greek Civilization (3)

Class Number: 4190

Delivery Method: Distance Education


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Surveys the history of Greek civilization from Mycenaean Greece to the twentieth century. Students who have taken HIST 307 under this topic or HS 277 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


History of Greek Civilization

From Homer’s protagonists – Achilles, Hector, and Odysseus – to Leonidas and Alexander the Great, the Greeks elaborated the idea of the hero and created stories that still inspire. And yet, the exceptional individual that was the hero and the quest for virtue associated with his pursuit of excellence were but part of the social, political, and cultural drama that defined the history of Greece from Knossos and Mycenae to the rise of Rome. This course follows the socioeconomic and political evolution of Greek civilization from the time of the Minoans, in Bronze-Age Crete, to 146 BCE when Greece was conquered by the Romans. It examines the outcomes of migrations, the rise of cities, development of trade, economy and colonialism in the Ancient Greek world and considers those in regional and global contexts.

Throughout the semester, students learn about the shifts in power relations between different city-states in Greece, as well as the influence of non-Greek cultures in the development of a specifically Greek identity. Through common faith, language, and a sense of shared ancestry the Greeks developed the notion that they faced a wider world which they understood to be essentially different from their own. The inevitable contact between the Greeks and “the other” led to conflicts but also encouraged cultural exchange, which helped shape a distinctly Hellenic civilization.

By engaging in an in-depth reading and analysis of primary sources, students are exposed to questions of historical significance that are important not only for understanding the Ancient Greek world, but other historical periods as well. By reading and writing about these documents, students will be introduced to the processes by which historians derive interpretative conclusions from primary source material and will deepen their understanding of the vital analytical tools that promote critical thinking.

Students in HS 277 will learn about Ancient Greek history by reading relevant chapters from academic books, studying primary documents, monuments, and art and by listening to recorded lectures. By being exposed to both written and audio-visual materials, course participants are able to develop interpretative skills that stem from both reading and listening. Students will also discuss material online in live one-hour weekly tutorials to be arranged at the beginning of the semester.


  • Students will gain an interdisciplinary insight into the history and culture of Greece and Hellenism from the time of the Minoans to the entry of Rome in the Greek world.
  • Students will learn to analyze art, architecture and literature of the period under study, interpreting it in wider cultural and historical contexts.
  • Students will consider the Greek roots our some of our modern ideas about identity, history, and culture.


  • Online Quizzes 10%
  • Online Discussions 20%
  • Participation in online tutorials 10%
  • Individual Primary Source Analysis 15%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final 25%



l class readings and other course materials will all be provided in PDF form on CANVAS.

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

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Required Readings are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase online through the SFU Bookstore's website. 

All courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40.This fee is not associated primarily with physical materials. This also supports developing tools and rich web resources embedded throughout the activities, assignments and videos.

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NOTE: This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in Canvas.

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Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).