n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Historical imagination as an evaluative criterion for student performance in the subject of history :

Volume 91, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



The present study introduces a proposal for the didactic approach of a controversial historical event in the classroom setting. The event in mention took place in the summer of 428 B.C. in the context of the Peloponnesian war and concerns the rebellion of the inhabitants of Mytilene. The teaching approach focuses on the dilemmas, contradictions and retractions the Athenian people came up against being in the need to reach a crucial decision concerning the fate of Mytilenians. Students investigate the rational and emotional mental processes which led Athenians to adopt inconsistent and controversial reactions. The teaching process and the student evaluation are based on the activation of students' historical imagination and intuition. Through these they are summoned to recreate and enrich the content of historical sources composing a complete and coherent narration. The main aim of the proposal is to help students to transgress the historical content and to further comprehend human behavior in the ancient and contemporary world.

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