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Year 12: Term 1 (IA2): Fifth Century Athens

Term 2: Cold War

Fifth century Athens

Useful Websites

The History Guide: Pericles on Athenian Democracy Democracy

Primary Sources: Internet Ancient History Sourcebook - Athenian Democracy

Primary Source: Artistotle - The Athenian Constitution

Stoa Consortia: Evidence for Athenian Democracy 

Source Exercise 1: The Athenian Empire 4 
Very useful for Democracy topic. Click on 'Find out more' at the bottom to see an explanation.
Source Exercise 5: The Athenian Empire 5 
Very useful for Democracy. Scroll down the article to Source 3 and then click on 'Find out more' at the bottom.

Khan Academy: Introduction to Greek Architecture 

Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Art of Classical Greece

Khan Academy: Ancient Greek Art

Primary Sources: Internet Ancient History Sourcebook - Greek Art

Influence of Gods on Daily Life
Primary Sources: Internet Ancient History Sourcebook - Religion and Myth

East Tennessee State University: The Function of Mythology and Religion in Ancient Greek Society

Role of Women
Primary Sources:  The Unenfranchised 1 - Women

Primary  Sources: Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Gender and Sexuality

From  Aristophanes' 'Lysistrata'

  • ‚Äč“What matters that I was born a woman, if I can cure your misfortunes? I pay my share of tolls and taxes, by giving men to the State. But you, you miserable greybeards, you contribute nothing to the public charges; on the contrary, you have wasted the treasure of our forefathers, as it was called, the treasure amassed in the days of the Persian Wars. You pay nothing at all in return; and into the bargain you endanger our lives and liberties by your mistakes. Have you one word to say for yourselves?... Ah! don't irritate me, you there, or I'll lay my slipper across your jaws; and it's pretty heavy.”


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QUT C.R.A.A.P. Test for Evaluating Websites

Check the quality of your websites using these criteria (adapted from QUT Library):

Currency: Timeliness of the information

  • When was the information published, posted or last updated?
  • Is the information current for your topic and field of study? How recent does it have to be? Can older sources work just as well?
Relevance: Importance of the information for your needs
  • Is the information appropriate for a senior secondary course?
  • Is this an adequately in-depth examination or a quick summary of the topic?
  • Who's the intended audience? Is it the general public, a student, a researcher or industry?
  • Is the level of information too basic or too advanced for your needs?

Authority: Source of the information

  • Is the author/authoring body (individual person, or institution, or organisation) established and reputable?
  • Are their qualifications, credentials, expertise, experience, educational background and previous work (if any) relevant and do they add credibility to the source?
  • Has the piece been published by a well-known and respected publisher or organisation?
  • Do references to other sources support the writing ie is a Bibliography or Reference List provided?

Accuracy: Reliability and correctness of the information

  • Where does the information come from, and is it supported by evidence?
  • Does it have a Reference List or Bibliography so you can easily find and verify the sources used?
  • Are there any spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

Purpose: Reason the information exists

  • What is the purpose of the information? Why was it written?
  • Does the point of view appear objective, unbiased and impartial?
  • Is the viewpoint of the author's affiliation/ sponsors reflected in the message or content?
  • Does the author acknowledge alternative versions of the issues or facts?

Useful articles from Databases

Famous Historians of 5th Century Athens






Useful eBooks