Athens, empire and the Classical Greek world

This unit provides the student with a detailed knowledge of the archaeology of Athens during the Classical period (479-323 BC) and an active appreciation of this city-state´s role in the Greek world. The module introduces the topography of Athens and investigates the ways in which Athenian democracy and empire were experienced in the city and in other city-states. It explores and discusses archaeological models of democracy and empire and the ways in which Classical Athens fulfils expectations. The legacy of Athens in the Hellenistic and Roman periods as well as in the early modern and modern world are also examined and related to concepts of cultural identity.

In order to engage students with such a range of sources and theories, the module incorporates a variety of opportunities for collaborative and inquiry-based learning, including in-class problem-based activities and presentations.


information literacy; virtual learning environment; discussion; collaboration; presentations; research-led teaching

Project details:

Department: Archaeology
Project title: Athens and Empire
Date(s): Autumn 2006 and Autumn 2007

Project Leader:

Dr Jane Rempel