Studies in ancient Greek literature in translation - Thucydides' History ADED11623

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The Greek historian Thucydides (c.460-c.395 BCE) has cast a long shadow, and his analysis of, and approach to, warfare and its causes continue to be relevant to modern day military strategising. Discover how Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War (to be read in translation) can help us to understand the characters, politics, and places involved in one of the major wars of the ancient Greek world, and why the importance of his work still resonates.


Block 4, weeks 1-5

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Wednesdays, 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Enable students to use a specific ancient text in translation as a source for understanding ancient Greek society

■ Provide an overview of ancient Athenian society during a time of social upheaval in the late 5th century BCE

■ Encourage students to evaluate Thucydides' History (in translation) as primary source material

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Contextualise chapters of Thucydides' History, within their time period and against their cultural backdrop

■ Analyse the events that shaped Athens, including its approach to war, the effects of plague on ancient society, the impact of colonial expansion

■ Identify and discuss the themes that arise in Thucydides' History, from social relationships, to personality clashes, to social breakdown

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.