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Ancient Greek History 1: From the Origins to the Peloponnesian War (Ca. 416 BCE)

In this 15-week class the student will delve into ancient Greek History (up to 404 BCE), discuss major ideas, personalities and events, and combine them with the material culture, artistic expression and religious beliefs of the Greeks
Spyridon (Spiros) Loumakis
693 total reviews for this teacher
5 reviews for this class
Completed by 17 learners
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 15 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

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Thu Sep 1

Sep 1 - Dec 15 (15 weeks)
4pm - 5pm

Wed Jan 11, 2023

Jan 11, 2023 - Apr 19, 2023 (15 weeks)
2am - 3am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
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Class Experience

In this course the students will be able to appreciate the beauty and importance of the study of history. Having studied myself history at a graduate and postgraduate level, and trained in archaeological excavations, ancient languages (Greek, Latin), and the use of various aspects of ancient material culture (art, architecture, coins etc), I want to bring this full picture to my classes. 

We will discuss together in class not just about events and personnalities of ancient Greek history, but also about major Greek monuments, Greek art, Greek religion, Greek society, and classical Greek texts in English translation, so as to understand Greek history in its entirety. The epistemological approach according to which History means facts based on reliable primary sources, remains still relevant for me, if not necessary today.
Ancient History means also appreciating ancient cultures, respecting them, learning from their mistakes, and admiring them for their accompishments. History can be also used as a point of reference or a measure of comparison between an ancient pre-modern society and our contemporary post-modern world. 

For students who are taking Greek History classes at their school, this class can be used as a supplementary class to refresh their memory, strengthen their knowledge, advance their understading and sharpen their critical thinking.   
I have a B.A. and M.A. in Ancient Greek and Roman History and Archaeology, as well as an M.A. in History and Philosophy of Religions. I have excavated in ancient Greek sites, I speak Latin and ancient Greek and I am currently finishing my PhD. 
Homework, designed to take no more than an hour in total per week, will be assigned in two forms: 

(a) the students will have to read carefully a source sheet of primary sources from ancient Greek literature in English translation (chosen and distributed by me in advance each week), related to each weeks topic, in order to enrich class discussion, with the purpose of introducing the student in the skill of critical thinking,

(b) an optional Mid-Term quiz for classes 1 to 7 will be distributed during the 8th week, and a second optional final quiz for classes 8-13 at the end of the course.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I do not believe that a letter grade is meaningful for an one-on-one tutorial. However, as I often do with my camps, which are small classes (up to 5 or 6 students), I communicate with the parents and the children directly, providing my personal comments, private feedback and an informal assessment.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
In the ancient Greek art gods are depicted often (but not always) naked. The Greek word for a naked man is "gymnos" and that is why in English today we say "gymnastics" or "gym" although our children and athletes wear uniforms. This being said, any artistic reproduction in ancient art should be expected to show nude gods. I try to use as less as possible, but it is not always within my hands since this is the nature of the ancient Greek art itself. Since, it is an art that comes from an era where there were no photographs, or videos, the art is found only on painted vases, wall paintings and sculpture. Nudity was never meant to provoke, but to tell to the ancient viewer that gods are not mortal humans and, thus, they do not need clothes. As you may very well understand, I cannot change the history of art, nor my preference as teacher of mythology to show students the original art from ancient times.


Spyridon (Spiros) Loumakis
Lives in Canada
PhD Candidate, Professional Researcher, Active Scholar, Happy Father
693 total reviews
462 completed classes

About Me

As a father of two young kids, I put a lot of effort so as to entertain them in a productive, and educational way, making sure I feed their natural curiosity and encourage them to keep asking questions. Undoubtedly, television and video games are... 
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