Summer 2021 - HUM 150 D900

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

Class Number: 3416

Delivery Method: Remote


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    Aug 13, 2021
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM



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.


Warfare in the Hellenic World: From Plato to NATO

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.

Note that students can choose to attend lectures either live or access a recording afterwards. No graded component is attached to the live lectures. Live lectures will be held on BB Collaborate on Tuesdays, 10:30-12:30. Recordings can be found under the recordings tab in BB Collaborate.

Lectures in this course will be recorded. As a result, Simon Fraser University may collect your personal information under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (R.S.B.C., 1996, c. 165). It is related directly to and needed by the University to support student learning. If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information please contact your instructor.


  • 2 X Quizzes (10% each) 20%
  • Remote Discussions 20%
  • Midterm (Week 7) 30%
  • Final Exam 30%



Required Texts

All texts will either be available online at the SFU Library or provided by the instructor.


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  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.

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