4. The Rise of the Polis
Introduction to Ancient Greek History (CLCV 205) In this lecture, Professor Donald Kagan offers a sketch of the Greek heroic code of ethics. He shows that in this community, ar?te (manly virtue) and honor are extremely important and even worth dying for, as the case of Achilles makes clear. In addition, Professor Kagan shows how this society eventually produced a new phenomenon, the rise of the polis. The discussion ends with a strong emphasis on the importance of the polis in Greek history. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Defining Ar?te 10:48 - Chapter 2. Impacts on Western Civilization 36:02 - Chapter 3. The Rise of the Polis 45:41 - Chapter 4. The Features and Importance of the Polis Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Fall 2007.