Athens and Sparta

Examine the History and Legacy of the Ancient Greeks

A study of the ancient Greek cities, Athens and Sparta, is of vital importance to understanding the story of Western Civilization. Moreover, such a study reveals timeless truths about human nature that are applicable in any age. What is necessary in order for a democracy to flourish and endure? How does a city form free and self-governed citizens? What are the best means of resisting tyranny from without or within? 

Now you can explore these lessons alongside Victor Davis Hanson and Paul A. Rahe, distinguished professors of history, in our free online course, “Athens and Sparta.” This course will examine the culture and government of each city, as well as their respective roles in the two great conflicts of the fifth-century B.C. You will learn how Greek victory in the Persian War secured freedom and democracy in the West, and how the ill-fated Peloponnesian War brought a decisive end to the Golden Age of Athens.

By enrolling in this nine-lecture course you will receive free access to all the lecture videos, course readings, and quizzes to aid you in the study of these two great ancient cities and their enduring influence on Western Civilization. 

We invite you to join us today to encounter the triumphs and failures of ancient Greece with Professors Hanson and Rahe.

Enroll in this free online course on Athens and Sparta today!

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