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.

Greek Education in Late Antiquity (PG) CLASSIC5083

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

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


Two sessions per week 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

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses

Greek Education in Late Antiquity (Honours)




Essay (3,000 words) - 70%

Worksheet (1,500 words) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the theory and practice of education in Late Antiquity, with a focus on the Greek East.

■ provide the opportunity to study how major thinkers of the period, both pagan and Christian, defined the aims, contents and methods of learning

■ gain insight into the education system, including types of schools, curriculum and student experience.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ produce sustained arguments both in written and oral form on a variety of textual sources relating to educational thought and practice of Late Antiquity

■ demonstrate critical skills through close reading of passages of late antique texts

■ locate a representative selection of Greek texts in their social, cultural and religious contexts

■ compare and contrast different late antique approaches to learning and teaching

■ assess modern scholarly views on the education system of Late Antiquity

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.