Greek Education in Late Antiquity CLASSIC4059

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course aims to give an overview of the key figures, institutions, subjects and methods of teaching in the Roman east of Late Antiquity. Its focus is on the relationship between different approaches to education and the social and religious changes in this period.


Two one-hour sessions per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours

options in Classics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are

available on MyCampus.

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.

Excluded Courses



Examination (90 minutes duration) - 50%

Essay (2,500-3,000 words) - 50%

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 the opportunity to:

■ gain insight into the cultural climate of Late Antiquity in the Greek East

■ study a selection of pagan and Christian sources on education and culture

■ explore in detail education institutions of Late Antiquity

■ become familiar with and evaluate recent research on the subject

■ discuss ancient theories and opinions about education and its social relevance

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ recognise the major trends in late antique education

■ relate the relevant texts to their political, social and religious context

■ judge to what extent social and religious issues influenced pedagogical matters

■ develop their own arguments about the nature of late antique education

■ evaluate modern theories about education in Late Antiquity

■ demonstrate such essay skills as 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.