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;|
- To acquaint you with the general features of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon and Arrian, in relation to the history and literature of the Greek world.
- To 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.
- To teach you how to analyse, evaluate and use texts, and how to relate their style and content to the wider context of literary developments.
- 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. Demonstrate an informed appreciation of the aesthetic and intellectual qualities of these works
- 3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the course of Greek historiography
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. With guidance, use, analyse and evaluate ancient texts, understanding how they relate to other sources and their socio-historical context
- 5. Demonstrate academic and library skills specific to Classics and Ancient History, as well as a critical ability in assessing classical scholarship
- 6. Demonstrate familiarity with the main modern approaches to analysing ancient texts
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Demonstrate independent and group study skills in research and the presentation of findings
- 8. Select and organise relevant material and present a coherent argument
- 9. Manage your 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:
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||60||2000 words||1-9||Mark and written comments|
|Gobbet test||40||1 hour||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|
|Gobbet test||Gobbet Test||1-9||Referral/Deferral period|
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:
- Marincola, J. ed. A companion to Greek and Roman historiography, Blackwell, Oxford, 2007.
- Marincola, J. Authority and tradition in ancient historiography, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004.
- Hornblower, S. Thucydides, Duckworth, London, 1994.
- Romm, J.S. Herodotus, Yale University press, New Haven & London, 1999.
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Classics, Greek, Historiography, Ancient, Sources