The City of Athens in the Age of Pericles

A muscular man wearing a toga and helmut speaks to a crowd gathered at the Acropolis of Athens.

Perikles hält die Leichenrede (Pericles' Funeral Oration), an 1852 painting by Philipp Foltz. (This image is in the public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)


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This course investigates the relationship between urban architecture and political, social, and cultural history of Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. It surveys and analyzes archeological and literary evidence, including the sanctuary of Athena on the Acropolis, the Agora, Greek houses, the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, plays of Sophocles and Aristophanes, and the panhellenic sanctuaries of Delphi and Olympia.

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William Broadhead. 21H.237 The City of Athens in the Age of Pericles. Fall 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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