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Course Information

Greece: Today and Yesterday

Course Listing: CLA3114 & CLA 3114WM

Credits: 3

Dates: Wednesdays 08.22.2016-12.16.2015

Time Period: 10-E1 (5:10-8:10pm)
Location: TUR L011

Instructor Information

Name: George Topalidis M.A., M.S.
Office: Dauer Hall 258
Phone: N/A
Office Hours: Wednesday 9th, Friday 9th, 4:05-4:55 pm

Teaching Assistant Information

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  There will be no textbook for this course. Relevant PDFs and/or Powerpoints will be uploaded after each lecture.

Course Description 

The Greek literary and cultural tradition has been highly influential throughout the millennia of its long history. Classical Greece was the birth-place of literature, drama, art, philosophy, and science. Ever since then, the remarkable achievements of the Greeks have become part of the heritage of the world. Under the Byzantine Empire, Greek civilization adapted itself to a new religion and system of government, and maintained the momentum of its long history with remarkable literary and artistic achievements. From the creation of the Modern Greek state at the beginning of the 19th century, Greek civilization has been able to re-define its identity once more, continue its traditions with vigor and energy, and with further intellectual and cultural achievements. The purpose of the course is to explore several important aspects of this remarkable phenomenon from antiquity up to the present day. This is an interdisciplinary course that approaches Greek civilization and culture from different angles, and is intended to cover a representative variety of issues such as, politics, philosophy, literature, art, history, economics, and culture, so that students acquire an all-round understanding of Greek civilization.

Course Organization

Every week there will be a lecture on some aspect of Greek Culture, History, Art, or Politics. The lectures will be given by the instructor of the course. In the first half of the semester we will focus on Ancient Greece and in the second half of the semester, we will focus on Modern Greece. There is no language requirement for this class. Late work/makeup work will not be accepted, unless appropriate documentation is provided.

List of Topics

  Homer and Oral Tradition

  Greek Art

  Alexander the Great

  Ancient Greek Philosophy

  Ancient Greek Theater

  Ancient & Modern Greek Law

  Greek Politics

  Greek Language and Literature

  Greek Religion and Anthropology

  Greek Engineering

Course Grades

Minus grade scale: Frequently Asked Questions

Class Schedule


Date Subject Evaluation Gordon Rule
8.24 Introductory Lecture “Greek Civilization” Introduction
8.31 Classical Age Quiz 1
9.07 Hellenistic Age Quiz 2
9.14 Greek Theater Quiz 3 Paper Topic Due
9.21 Ancient Greek Culture Quiz 4
9.28 Age of Byzantium Quiz 5
10.05 Exam 1 Exam 1
10.12 The Ottoman Empire No Quiz
10.19 Greek War of Independence Quiz 6 Bibliography Due
11.02 The Greek Kingdom Quiz 7
11.09 The “Megale Idea” Quiz 8
11.16 The Asiaminorite Catastrophe

Post-WWII Greece


Quiz 9
11.23 ~~~~~~~~Thanksgiving Day Break~~~~~~~
11.30 Modern Greek Culture Quiz 10
12.07 Exam 2 Exam 2
12.16 Final Paper Due Final Paper Due


1. Your attendance is expected. The university recognizes the right of the individual professor to make attendance mandatory. After due warning, professors can prohibit further attendance and subsequently assign a failing grade for excessive absences.
2. There will be no make-up work except in extraordinary and documented cases, i.e., hospitalization or death in the family
3. Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting an accommodation.
4. The use of cellular devices during class is strictly prohibited. Refusal to comply results in immediate dismissal from class.
5. Academic Honesty is expected at all times. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. On all work submitted for credit by students at the university, the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.”