Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Greeks & Romans: Identity & Representation CLASSIC4021

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • 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

This course asks students to engage with a range of different forms of literature in which the issues of Greek and Roman identity explored, with a particular emphasis upon the cultural exchange and mutual reflection.


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.

Excluded Courses





Examination (90 minutes duration) - 60%

Essay (2,500 words) - 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:

■ Become familiar with the history of intellectual culture in the Late Republic and Early empire

■ Examine a range of Greek representations of Roman culture

■ Experience analyzing a range of different literary genres (historiography, rhetoric and rhetorical theory, biography, geography)

■ Experience carrying out research, discussing it with colleagues, and presenting it orally and in writing

■ Increased awareness of the traditions of scholarship in this area

■ Develop skills in critical evaluation of ancient literary sources

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural interaction between Greece and Rome

■ Demonstrate familiarity with the political and intellectual context for representations of Rome by Greek authors

■ Demonstrate familiarity with the main trends in Roman perceptions of Greek culture

■ Comment upon passages taken from the texts studied and demonstrate an understanding their ideological and formal aspects

■ Formulate a research question relating to the main themes of the course

■ Carry out research with due regard to recent scholarship, and demonstrating a close engagement with selected ancient texts

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.