Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Thucydides (In Translation) CLASSIC5044

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course offers the opportunity to pursue advanced study of Thucydides in translation as a historian and literary artist.


This is a PG (T) course, taught over one semester. Teaching will be by weekly seminar if enrolment is five or more, or by weekly supervision and guided reading if enrolment is less than five.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses

Thucydides 0ABS




One extended 3000 word essay (60%). Assessed presentation (40%)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Study the text of Thucydides in detail at advanced level

■ Engage with Thucydides' History as an historical source

■ Engage with Thucydides' History as a work of literature

■ Develop a personal and individual reading and interpretation of this much-discussed ancient author

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Read Thucydides with an understanding and appreciation of the complexity of the text

■ Understand the historical, cultural, and literary context in which Thucydides composed his work

■ Explain and evaluate a variety of modern interpretations of Thucydides

■ Form and express, orally and in writing, a valid critical interpretation of the text, both as an historical source and as a work of literature

■ Display such essay, seminar, and exam skills as the department has stipulated in the Classics


Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits