An examination of speech and writing as media of communication in ancient Greece, from the time of Homer into the fourth century BC. The course focuses on the development of writing in the Greek world and the effect of this development on Greek culture and society. Among the topics studied are the oral performance of poetry, the function of writing in the Athenian democracy, and the importance of rhetoric for the intellectual life of the classical period. Students may not earn credit for both HIST 321 and HIST 551. Prerequisite: HIST*101 or HIST*103, and permission of the instructor. Distribution Requirements: None.