Ancient Sources (Written Evidence): Greek Historiography to the end of the Fifth Century BC (CLA1302)
|Staff||Professor Lynette Mitchell - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module provides an introduction into the development of Greek historiography and focuses on Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon and Arrian. Its aim is to acquaint students with the general features of these historians, in relation to the history and literature of the Greek world. They will engage in in-depth thinking into central issues of ancient historiography in general like the establishment of truth, the role of authority, the art of story-telling, the construction of outsiders and of the past. Students will learn how to analyse, evaluate and use texts, and how to relate their style and content to the wider context of literary developments , and to analyse and evaluate the place of these texts within the Greek historiographical tradition.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Describe and evaluate the basic features of the histories of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon and Arrian, and compare these historians with one another
- 2. Come to an informed appreciation of the esthetical and intellectual qualities of these works
- 3. Have acquired a basic understanding of the course of Greek historiography
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. With guidance, be able to use, analyse and evaluate ancient texts and how they relate to other sources and their socio-historical context
- 5. With guidance, develop advanced academic and library skills as well as a critical ability in assessing published literature
- 6. Become acquainted with the main modern approaches in analysing ancient texts
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Demonstrate independent and group study skills in research and presentation of findings
- 8. Be able to select and organise relevant material and to present a strong argument in coherent oral and written form, and to discuss issues in a peer group
- 9. Learn to manage their own time and meet deadlines
Detailed analysis of the following authors: Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Arrian.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||22||11 x 2 hour lectures|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||5||5 x 1 hour seminars|
|Guided independent study||123||Independent study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Class report on sources and discussions / presentations||10 mins per class||1-9||Verbal feedback|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay assignment||30||2000 words||1-9||Mark and written comments|
|Exam||70||2 hours||1-9||Mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||Essay||1-9||August ref/def period|
|Exam||Exam||1-9||August ref/def period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Set texts (indicative)
Herodotus, The Histories (transl. R. Waterfield), Oxford University Press (World's Classics), Oxford, 1998.
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War (transl. M. Hammond), Oxford University Press (World’s Classics), 2009.
Xenophon, Hellenica: History of My Times, (transl. R. Warner), Penguin, London, 1972.
Xenophon, The Expedition of Cyrus (transl. R. Waterfield), Oxford University Press (World’s Classics), 2005.
Arrian, The Campaigns of Alexander (transl. A. de Sélincourt), Penguin, London, 1971.
Other Recommended Reading:
T.J. Luce, The Greek historians, Routledge, London, 1997.
J. Marincola, Authority and tradition in ancient historiography, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004.
S. Hornblower, Thucydides, Duckworth, London, 1994. J.S. Romm, Herodotus, Yale University press, New Haven & London, 1999.
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Classics, Greek, Historiography, Ancient, Sources