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*Please note that course syllabi are updated each year in late August 
Prior to August, syllabi on the Classics Department website will reflect the courses as they were offered in the last term or year.  Significant changes in emphasis in course material may occur from year to year, including grading methodology, grade weighting and assignments.   Up-to-date syllabi will be available to students by the first day of class.

CLST 200*
Greek History (Fall Term)


Instructor: Dr. C. Falkner
Office: Room 509, Watson Hall
Phone: (613) 533-6000, ext. 78834
Office Hours: 

  • Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    or by appointment. 

Class Schedule:

  • Mondays 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Thursdays 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Dupuis Auditorium (DUP-AUD)


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Teaching Assistants:  
505 Watson Hall

Marcus Jeffrey -

Miranda Siklenka -

NOTE: For enquiries about the chapter readings in your textbook please email only the TA assigned to your surname. You are welcome to attend any of the TA's office hours to ask questions in person.

For questions about any of the documents studied in this course please consult or email your instructor.

Course Description

CLST 200 is a lecture course that focuses mainly on the political and military developments in Greece from c.1600 BCE to 146 BCE. It includes a brief survey of Mycenaean Greece, but concentrates on the development of the Greek city-state (polis) with special emphasis on Sparta and Athens, the changes of the fourth century, the rise of Macedon, the achievements of Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic Period (the development of the Greek world after Alexander's death to the fall of Corinth to Rome).

The areas listed under Course Topics identify the broad areas of study in the course and follow the chapter headings in the textbook. 

In addition, a selection of translated documents will be used to illustrate, emphasize or expand particular topics and themes. Some of these documents can be found in your textbook, others are available only on Moodle.   You should bring a copy of these documents to the relevant session of class.

NB Success in this course relies to a very large extent on regular attendance at lectures, on keeping up with all textbook readings and documents, and on regularly checking Moodle for any changes, notices or updates to the course.

N.B.: This course is acceptable for degree credit towards a concentration in History.
Taken in conjunction with CLST 201*, this course provides a full-year's credit for Classics and History Majors.

This course is not open to students in first year.  


Required Text

*Note: Textbooks are available as a bundle at the Campus Bookstore. 

A History of Ancient Greece in Its Mediterranean Context by Nancy Demand THIRD EDITION ONLY  

Course Topics by Textbook Chapter Number and Chapter Heading

(See the file Course Readings and Documents on Moodle for a list of the relevant page numbers for these readings)

3.    The Mycenaeans

4.    From the Bronze Age to the Iron Age  - A Dark Age?

5.    Archaic Greece: The Eighth Century Renaissance and Revolution

6.    Crisis in the Polis: Two Solutions

7.    Archaic Athens: Crisis and Reform

8.    Archaic Ionia: Greeks and Persians

9.    The Persian Wars

10.   Athens: The Development of Empire and Democracy

12    The Sophists, Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War

13.  Greece in the Fourth Century

14.  Alexander the Great

15.  The Hellenistic World 

Tests and Examinations

Mid-term (40%) : multiple choice/true-false. Material to be tested includes all we will have covered in class up to the date of the test, including information from your textbook readings.  One and a half hours, in class. Date TBA .

Final (60%): multiple choice/true-false; short answer.  The material to be tested for the multiple-choice/true-false question will be all that we will have covered in class and that you have learned from your textbook readings since the mid-term. For the short answer question you will be given a choice of about 5-6 documents or excerpts from those covered during the whole course, and you will be expected to answer questions on any 3-4 of them.  Thus, the short answer question is cumulative.

Three hours, during the regularly scheduled exam period in December.

N.B. You must achieve a mark of 50 or over in the final examination to pass this course.

Please note: 

The test and examination are to be taken at the scheduled times and dates.  In certain exceptional circumstances (e.g., a medical emergency, a death in the family, but not in the case of demands in another course or from an extracurricular activity), the instructor may grant the student the opportunity to write an exam/test outside the regularly scheduled time. 

Any arrangement made for exceptional circumstances must be agreed by the instructor before the time of the regularly scheduled exam/test and will require the appropriate documentation.  The format of any such special accommodation will be determined by the instructor and may differ considerably from that of the exam/test written by the rest of the class, although the course material on which it will be based will remain the same.  These measures are intended solely to be fair to students who complete all course components, not to punish those who encounter some misfortune or hardship. 

Students who require special accommodation, such as a computer-assisted test, must consult and follow the information available under Special Arrangements on the department’s website.

Note in particular that no deferrals will be given to students who are out of town during a test/final exam.  Do not make travel arrangements until you know your exam and test times

Grading Methodology

All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks.  The final grade you receive for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:

                                          Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale


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49 and below 

Learning Hours

Learning hours include in-class, lecture, seminar, laboratory, tutorial hours (formerly referred to as contact hours) and out-of-class online and/or private study hours. 

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Course Outcomes

Students who complete this course successfully will be able to demonstrate through written examination and class discussion:

  • an understanding of the political, military and social structures of Ancient Greece; 
  • an understanding of the problems and complexity of the body of evidence for Ancient Greek history;
  • an ability to use critically the variety of material and written evidence when drawing conclusions;
  • an ability to organize their own learning, manage their own workload and work to a timetable.

Class Etiquette

Electronic Devices in the Classroom

The departmental policy on electronic devices is included below. Note, however, the specific policies for CLST 200 which follow immediately.

  • Turn off your cell phone and other electronic equipment before you enter the classroom. If you need to keep your phone on because of an emergency, speak to me at the start of class and get my permission to use your phone. If you get a call during class under these circumstances you are expected to leave the classroom to answer it.
  • No texting is allowed during class. Emergency situations are covered by the above requirement.
  • You may use a laptop but only for taking notes.
  • The use of recording devices for lectures is not allowed unless you have requested and been given my express permission beforehand.

The Department of Classics believes that maintaining an atmosphere of respect and consideration in the classroom is an important part of the pursuit of free intellectual enquiry. The use of electronic devices in the classroom can be disruptive to both the instructor and to other students, and thus we are introducing guidelines on their use. These guidelines will follow the procedure explained in Section 14 of the Student Code of Conduct and are in force starting January 2011:

  1. Non-course related use of electronic devices (e.g. playing games, watching movies, social networking and texting), including smartphones, tablets and laptops, is regarded by the Department of Classics as disruptive pursuant to Section 14 of the Student Code of Conduct. The use of these devices may be restricted at the discretion of the instructor;
  2. In some courses in CLST, LATN or GREK laptops may not be permitted. You will be told in class by your instructor if this is the case. If the use of laptops is permitted, please understand that their use is restricted to note-taking;
  3. The use of recording devices for lectures is not allowed unless you have requested and been given the express permission of the instructor of the course.                                  

    Academic Integrity

    Students are required to be familiar with Queen's policy on Academic Integrity  .Please also see:

    Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate  Report on Principles and Priorities)

    Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulations), on the Arts and Science website and from the instructor of this course.

    Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.


    The material on this website is copyrighted and is for the sole use of students registered in CLST 200. The material on this website may be downloaded for a registered student’s personal use, but shall not be distributed or disseminated to anyone other than students registered in CLST 200.  Failure to abide by these conditions is a breach of copyright, and may also constitute a breach of academic integrity under the University Senate’s Academic Integrity Policy Statement.


    This page was last updated 23 August, 2013.

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