Dark Age and Archaic Greece. When we think of Ancient Greece, many recall the white marble of the Parthenon or the influential philosophies of Plato and Aristotle. But what happened before the so-called Golden Age of Athens? Through studying the Dark Age and Archaic period we delve into the origins of western democracy, drama, prose, philosophy, the city-state, coinage, and more. To put together the variety of evidence for these periods of history, we must draw from a range of disciplines. Students will gain experience with interdisciplinary thinking while gaining a clear understanding of the foundations of Classical Greece and its continued influence on the modern world.