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VCE Ancient History Workshop

THE POLEIS: Political philosophy, features & practice

This workshop encourages students to make a critical investigation of the formation, development and change of the Greek poleis from the Archaic to the Classical Periods. Through Socratic discussion circles and facilitated debates, students will analyse ancient artefacts (such as pottery and armour) and political texts, to expand their understanding of the Greek poleis as a theatre of ideas, self-criticism and reflexivity.

With a comparative focus on Athens and Sparta, the workshop will contextualise the intense urbanisation, occurring from the end of the Dark Ages and beginning of the Archaic period, leading to the development of the poleis. The workshop is unique in delving into the political philosophy that led to the changes in civic and political expressions of power and participation- tied to changing social and economic realities. This will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of changing governance systems and institutions, while entering into the minds of defining figures such as Solon, Pisistratus, Cleisthenes, Epiphanes, Pericles and Lycurgus.

As part of this investigation, students will make close and comparative readings of ancient political texts and treaties such as the Solonian constitution, Athenian Constitution, the oral Great Rhetra and Plutarch’s Parallel Lives.

Ideal for: Year 12 students (Unit 3-4 Ancient Histories Area of study 1 Greece: The political, social and economic elements of living in an ancient society)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Delivery: On-site at the Hellenic Museum

Classroom capacity: 25 students

Cost: $16 per student