Classical Greek civilisation 1B ADED1017E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Independent of but a partner to Classical Greek civilisation 1A, this course comprehensively introduces the cultural world of ancient Greece, exploring history, literature, philosophy as well as art and archaeology. It has two principal themes: 'War and Peace' and 'Gods and Men' in classical Athens. It spans topics from the Trojan War myths, Greek tragic theatre, ancient religion, and some of the earliest surviving philosophical texts. All texts are read in translation.


2 hours per week for 20 weeks.

Block1&2: Monday 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





2 source analysis exercises (one on a literary or philosophical topic, the other focusing on a topic in art/architecture: 20% each = 40%)

Two essays (each worth 30% = 60%).

Course Aims

Classical Greek Civilisation 1B aims to assist students in developing:
- a knowledge and understanding of Greek civilisation through the topics studied.

- a deeper understanding of their own civilisation by understanding more about its origins.

- the practice of four key modes of study of the ancient world - archaeological, historical, literary and philosophical, and the skills of constructive criticism associated with them.

- skills that will be transferable by the students to other situations - namely careful reading; accurate, clear and perceptive essay writing; reasoned argument in writing and orally; visual sensitivity to architecture and art.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to:
- read literary texts with critical appreciation of their contents based on an adequate knowledge of the civilisation which produced them

- practise historical analysis and source criticism
- demonstrate an appreciation of artistic developments within the Greek world and comment on them

- critically analyse philosophical arguments for content and validity

- write effectively and perceptively about the four areas of study (history, literature, art and philosophy).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.