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To guide students in the study of the history of the Peloponnesian War and the literary responses it generated.
Towards the end of the fifth century BC the Greek world became embroiled in a conflict which lasted with little interruption for 27 years. This module examines this conflict - the Peloponnesian War - and the parts played by the principal adversaries, Athens and Sparta. It involves close study of Thucydides' History, but also makes use of other perspectives, such as those provided by the comic playwright Aristophanes, who enriches the picture by dealing, among other things, with the attitudes of women to the conflict. The module thus ranges beyond military and political history in an effort to understand what impact the war had on the general population, male and female, citizen and slave.