The Classic Greek Historians (Part II)



Course Description

This course is situated in the fifth-century BCE Athens described by the “first historians” Herodotus and Thucydides. Surveying Athens from the Greek-Persian wars to the beginning of its decline during the Peloponnesian War, we will ask: What justifies the claim that these two historians are the fathers of history? What are the differences in their approaches to factual recording, narrative style, and portrayal of personality? Why are their works still studied today? And why is the period of Athenian glory for which these two provide an almost continuous account considered to be a turning point in Western civilization?

We will explore these questions with the help of their histories, as well as readings from the dramatists Aeschylus, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and the historian Plutarch. The course is divided two parts, each of which can be taken on its own.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Wednesday, January 9th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Discussion Team: Christian Roy and Paul Billette

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Reading Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


NOTE: Reading Fees are included in the total price of the course.

Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, an administrative fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.

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