VCE Ancient History Workshop

TRADE: Changing economic reality and policy

This workshop will introduce students to key dynamics of Greek economic life from the Archaic to Classical periods. This context will support students to make an informed, comparative analysis of the Athenian and Spartan economic system, including Solon’s economic reforms. 

Students will be engaged in an immersive Object-Based Learning session, where they will develop their primary source analysis skills to interpret the museums’ collection of ceramics related to ancient Greek trade (such as wine and oil amphora and black and red figure vases) and ancient city coins. By encountering, handling and evaluating these artefacts and provided texts (such as Hesiod’s Works and Days), students will investigate; 1) the development of Greek agriculture, industries and commodities, 2) the effect of colonisation on trade, 3) changing patterns of economic policy making (trade incentives, protection and reform) and 4) national and international trade routes that underpinned Greek and broader Mediterranean-world economic networks. 

These investigations will inform comparative discussions about Athenian and Spartan economic systems, their distribution and management of power, land, labour and resources.

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