Ancient Greece and the Origins
of Western Culture


In this course, the culture of the ancient Greeks — art, literature, history, philosophy, and religion — is studied critically through the lens of various narratives that see the Greeks as the originators of western culture, such as the invention of the alphabet, the beginnings of (western) ideas of the writing of history, the (so-called) perfection of classical architecture and sculpture, the origins of (western) drama, the origins of (western) philosophy.