Introduction to the Public and Private Life in Ancient Greece*

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Ε/MCR607 Introduction to the Public and Private Life in Ancient Greece*

* From the academic year 2018-19 on, this particular course is not offered.

** During Spring 2020, the course is offered as 3rd/4th-year elective as “Ε/MCR802 Introduction to the Public and Private Life in Ancient Greece

Citizenship of the free adult males in ancient Greek city-states: their political rights and the responsibility of civic participation in government.

  • Euergetism in ancient Greek society: elite citizens acting as benefactors of their own communities as a natural complement to their position of political power (paying for public bulidings, upkeep of urban amenities, organization of games, gymnasiarchy, etc.). Honors attributed to the hellenistic kings and to foreigners, benefactors of ancient Greek city-states.
  •  Intellectual education and physical training in ancient Greece. Gymnasia and palaestrae as places for intellectual pursuits and physical training, their organization and their architecture.
  • Rites relating to the passage from childhood to adulthood: paides, neoi, epheboi.
  • Military training in ancient Greece. Armour. Methods of recruitment in the Greek states. The treatment of war prisoners.
  • Beliefs and rituals practiced in ancient Greece in the form of popular public religion and cult practices. Votive deposits, sacrifices, libations. Principal religious festivals at Athens.
  • Theoroi as sacred ambassadors sent out by a Greek state about to organize a panhellenic festival to other Greek states inviting them to attend that festival and to accept the terms of truce covering it. Mystery religions and initiation into them.
  • Burying the dead in ancient Greece. Preparing the body for burial, procession to the grave and purification rituals after the burial. The grave monuments.
  • Magical practices in ancient Greece. Curse tablets (defixiones).
  • War, piracy, banditry, international trade and dept as primary sources of slavery in ancient Greece. The judicial status of slaves in the Greek states. Obligations and rights, their every day life and their role in economy. The practices of manumission and manumission through consecration to a deity. The limits and the quality of freedom after such manumissions.
  • Hygiene and body care. Clothing. Culinary habits.


  2. Βιβλίο [44039]: Εισαγωγή στην ιδιωτική ζωή των αρχαίων Ελλήνων και Ρωμαίων, Blanck Horst Λεπτομέρειες