DSMA05 Everyday Life in Ancient Greece

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Marek Meško, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Marek Meško, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Mon 10:00–11:40 A24
!( OBOR ( DST ) && TYP_STUDIA ( B ))
At least basic knowledge of Greek history.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The main purpose of the course is to provide the student with information about various characteristic features and aspects of ancient Greek society and its evolution from the Mycenaean to the Classical period of history.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course the student:
- will enrich his/her knowledge from previous lectures of important aspects of ancient Greek history;
- will be able to apply the acquired knowledge also outside the academic soil in everyday life (e. g. while guiding tourists in Greece etc.).
  • 1. Mycenenan palace architecture - the megaron.
  • 2. Housing of the Greek elites during the Dark age.
  • 3. Trade in the Dark age and the Archaic period.
  • 4. Selected aspects of the Second Greek colonization.
  • 5. The oracle of Delphi, its Lydian connection and Greek tyrants.
  • 6. The notion of honor and its impact on warfare and diplomacy in the Archaic and Classic period.
  • 7. Greek coins as a source.
  • 8. Classical Greek temples.
  • 9. Olympic games.
  • 10. The development of Greek painted pottery.
  • 11. Greek family.
    required literature
  • BUSOLT, G.; BAUER, A.; MÜLLER, I. Die griechischen Staats-, Kriegs- und Privataltertümer. Nördlingen 1887. (Handbuch der klassischen Altertums-wissenschaft in systematischer Darstellung)
    recommended literature
  • POMEROY, Sarah B. Ancient Greece : a political, social, and cultural history. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. xxv, 561. ISBN 9780199846047. info
  • Origins of democracy in ancient Greece. Edited by Kurt A. Raaflaub - Josiah Ober - Robert W. Wallace. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. xi, 242 p. ISBN 0520245628. info
  • BLUNDELL, Sue. Women in ancient Greece. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1995. 224 s. ISBN 0674954734. info
  • BOUZEK, Jan and Iva ONDŘEJOVÁ. Periklovo Řecko. Vyd. 1. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1989. 264 s. ISBN 802040029X. info
  • BARTONĚK, Antonín. Zlaté Mykény. 1. vyd. Praha: Panorama, 1983. 300 s. info
  • FLACELIERE, Robert. Život v době Periklově [21095]. Praha: Odeon, 1981. info
  • MIREAUX, Émile. Život v homérské době. Praha: Odeon, 1980. info
  • OLIVA, Pavel. Zrození řecké civilizace. 1. vyd. Praha: Academia, 1976. 176 s., xx. info
  • HOŠEK, Radislav. Země bohů a lidí : pohledy do řeckého dávnověku. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1972. 290 s. info
  • OLIVA, Pavel. Sparta a její sociální problémy. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1971. 339 s. info
  • ADORNO, Francesco, Luigi BESCHI and Giovanni FERRARA. Klasické Atény : Tutto su Atene classica (Orig.). Translated by Anna Škorupová, Edited by Etela Šimovičová. 1. vyd. Bratislava: Tatran, 1970. 320 s. info
  • STEFFENSEN, James L. The Universal history of the world. Vol. 2, Ancient Greece : Ancient Greece (Podřaz.). Edited by Irwin Shapiro. New York: Golden Press, 1966. s. 94-179. info
  • OLIVA, Pavel. Raná řecká tyrannis. Praha, 1954. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, two hours a week, free debate on topics that are being discussed in lessons.
Assessment methods
Oral exam consisting of questions from discussed topics.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.

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