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 you with the general features of these historians, in relation to the history and literature of the Greek world. You 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. You 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
Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:
Detailed analysis of the following authors:
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||22||11 x 2 hour lectures|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||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 minutes 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|
|Examination||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|
Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.
Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.
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