Learn the 5th century Greek revolution with this online course

Online course on 5th Greek Intellectual revolution


University of Cambridge, brings to you an online course which will equip the person with strong Greek knowledge and culture. In the fifth century BC, the ancient Greeks developed a new way of understanding the world. This breakthrough inspired art, science, religion and philosophy that changed the world and laid the foundations of the modern era. This course studies both the intellectual revolution and the extraordinary society which produced it.

Aims of the course:

  • To explore the era in which a fundamental shift took place in the way humans saw themselves and the universe
  • To examine the causes of that shift, the form that it took, and how it profoundly affected intellectual life
  • To examine certain aspects of Athenian intellectual life in detail, especially architecture, theatre, politics and philosophy.

Course content overview:

The course will engage with ancient texts to show how ideas such as empiricism developed, using the words of those contemporary writers and thinkers at the heart of the intellectual revolution.


7 weeks, this course is completed entirely online.



Qualifications / Credits:



A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who contribute constructively to weekly discussions and exercises/assignments for the duration of the course.

Important dates:

  • Orientation Week: 21-27 April, 2014
  • Teaching Weeks: 28th April-1st june, 2014
  • Feedback Week: 2nd-8th june, 2014
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