Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Greek Historiography GREEK4007

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides the opportunity to study Greek historiography as a genre using examples of Classical and Hellenistic Greek historiography as case studies


Two hours per week; This is one of the honours options in Greek and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on mycampus


One 2500 word essay 30%, two-hour examination 70%

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 provides the opportunity to

■ Study examples of Classical and Hellenistic Greek historiography in the original language

■ Enhance your knowledge and appreciation of Greek prose style, including grammar and vocabulary

■ Become familiar with ancient and modern ways of thinking about history and historiography

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course you should be able to

■ Translate fluently and accurately from the prescribed texts into clear and appropriate English

■ Describe and discuss the prose style of each author studied

■ Compare the approaches to history and historiography of the authors studied

■ Identify contested aspects of the texts studied and discuss these in an informed manner

Summarize scholarly work on history, historiography, and narrative and formulate your own arguments in relation to it

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.