Studies in ancient Greek literature in translation: the great historians ADED11813

  • 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

Discover a world of Classical texts that are read in translation and used as a window onto life and culture in ancient Greece, specifically focusing on the writing of history. Recording history was enormously important to the Greeks, not only as a commemoration of the (sometimes fictionalised) past, but as a means of reinforcing cultural identity. We will explore key works of the genre, ranging from the historical romances ascribed to the semi-mythical Homer to the ambitious and wide-ranging writings of the much-maligned Diodorus Siculus.


Block 3, Weeks 1-5

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Day and times TBC

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. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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 selected works of history as a source for understanding ancient Greece's relationship with its past and the forging of its identity

■ Provide an overview of the cultural background of those texts and the genre to which they belong

■ Encourage discussion of key themes emerging from the texts studied together in class.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Apply analytical skills to understanding texts, specifically historiographical works, as primary sources on Greek culture

■ Contextualise key historical works within their time period and against their cultural backdrop

■ Identify the ways in which the writing of history shaped the Greeks' sense of cultural identity.

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.