Landscaping the Ancient Greek World CLASSIC4026

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course offers students a new perspective from which to study ancient Greek society by using a thematic approach. Since all aspects of life (and death) are located in landscapes, the course uses landscape as a unifying theme and examines the various ways that communities in the Greek world engaged with their physical environment.


Two hours per week

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Classics, Greek or Latin, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes


One 3000 word coursework essay (25%)

one seminar presentation including submission of seminar paper for assessment, only the seminar paper is assessed  (15%)

Two hour Examination (60%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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 will provide an opportunity:

to explore relationships between landscapes and communities in ancient Greece and in Greek settlements overseas

to utilise a variety of sources of evidence for understanding the importance of landscapes in daily life in the Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods, including archaeological resources and contemporary literature in translation

to discuss different theoretical approaches to interpreting this evidence

to examine landscape perceptions evident in narratives, myths and "traditions" that are referred to in literary sources and in the visual sphere

to undertake practical assignments in relation to data interpretation in archaeology

to acquire research skills that utilise the different categories of evidence available for studying landscapes in the ancient Greek world

to develop an appreciation of the value of interdisciplinary analyses in Classical studies

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

show a good general understanding of the importance of landscapes in the ancient Greek world in social, political and cultural contexts

demonstrate knowledge of the different sources of information available for studying landscapes in the ancient Greek world

identify and discuss archaeological material from a variety of periods and locations

identify and discuss contemporary literary and historical sources

develop coherent arguments, based upon contextual analysis of information and critical assessment of scholarly interpretations, to review and comment on the role of landscapes in the ancient Greek world

demonstrate such written and oral presentation skills as the department has stipulated in the Classics Handbook

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.