Thucydides GREEK5013

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course offers the opportunity to pursue advanced study of Thucydides in the original Greek. It explores both historical and literary aspects of his work.


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

Available to students who have Greek to Honours level or equivalent, or at the discretion of the MLitt (T) convener.

Excluded Courses

Thucydides in translation NQAS


One 3000 word coursework essay (60%) and one 90 minute examination (40%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is

to allow students to pursue advanced study of Thucydides (in the original Greek) as a historian and literary artist, by examination of his subject-matter, language, style and thought.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Read Thucydidean Greek with understanding

■ Translate passages from the set texts into English that is accurate, idiomatic, and clear

■ demonstrate an understanding of 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

■ Demonstrate such essay, seminar, and exam skills as the department has stipulated in the Classics Handbook.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits