Greek MA

Classic Travel: Topography And Scholarship In The Classical Tradition CLASSIC4002

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • 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

Short Description

The course looks at the way in which travel to Greece and Italy has shaped our understanding of the ancient world.


Approx two student led seminars and lectures per week

Two compulsory film screenings (each 2 hours) (represented as "other" in the teaching/learning field).

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

Excluded Courses





Extended essay (2500 words) - 40%

Group Oral presentation (Power-point slides and handouts will be submitted as evidence of the assessment) - 20%

Examination (90 minutes) - 40%

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:

■ Research into the relationship between the study of classical texts and travel to the Mediterranean

■ Reflection on the origins of the discipline of classics, in particular:

■ Awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of the subject

■ Awareness of the role of the topographical imagination

■ Awareness of the relationship between collecting/connoisseurship and classics

■ An interest in the function of travel to the Mediterranean in other artistic media (literature and film)

■ Research skills, principally in bibliography and written presentation

■ Collaboration between students in preparing a group presentation

■ Improved skills in reading and interpreting literary sources

■ Increased awareness of the students' position in the history of the discipline

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Familiarity with the history of the Grand Tour

■ Familiarity of the history of the major national museum collections of antiquities, and their relationship to other kind of collection

■ An understanding of the relationship between classical scholarship and these histories

■ An understanding of the concept of "Topographical Imagination"

■ An awareness of how this concept applies to the reinterpretation of Classical themes in a variety of media

■ An ability to explore in detail the resonances created by evocation of travel to the Mediterranean in a text or film chosen for close analysis as a research project, and in less detail but over a wider area, in the examination

■ Research skills relating to the reception of the classical world in the 18th-20th centuries

■ An ability to present this research orally and in writing

■ An awareness of their own place in the history of students of classical literature and travellers

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.