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On completion of the module students should:
1. possess a detailed knowledge of the history of the Classical Greek world, c. 480-323BC.
2. be able to critically analyse ancient and modern sources pertaining to the study of this period.
3. acquire knowledge of historiographical methods and apply these to solve simple historical problems.
4. be able to critically analyse, evaluate, synthesise and compare literary and material evidence.
Personal and key skills
5. communicate ideas orally in seminars and in writing for coursework and exams, thereby demonstrating a capacity to review, assemble, and evaluate ancient and modern evidence.
6. be able to construct and defend arguments (both in written form and orally)
7. manage their time and work to deadlines.
In the 2019/2020 academic year the module will explore key sources and themes for the study of Ancient Greek history.
These include topics such as:
The formation of ancient Greek identities, e.g. mythical origins, travel and mobility, religion, language, gender and sexuality, daily life, and death.
Ancient empires, conquests, and conflicts, e.g. the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian Wars, the Sacred Wars, and the emergence of Athens, Carthage, Macedonia, Persia, Syracuse, Sparta, and Thebes as hegemonic powers in the Mediterranean World.
Muted groups, e.g. women, children, slaves, freedmen, and other non-elite males.
Performance culture, e.g. Athenian drama (tragedy and comedy), epic and lyric poetry, athletic contests, religious festivals, etc.
Ancient political thought, e.g. discussions of monarchy, aristocracy, oligarchy, democracy, and ideas about freedom, etc.
Ancient philosophy, e.g. the sophists, Socrates and his pupils, e.g. Plato and Xenophon, Aristotle, etc.
The invention of historical writing and ancient biographies, e.g. the works of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Diodorus Siculus, Plutarch, Arrian, etc.
The role of material culture and archaeological excavation in the study of ancient Greece, e.g. buildings, clay tablets, coins, graves, inscriptions, jewellery, papyri, and pottery.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: 1,200 word written assignment||Week 8||n/a||Graded||No||
|Examination: A take home exam that requires you to complete two short essay questions that you will select from a list of topics covered.||2 hour End of Trimester Exam||Yes||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Students will receive feedback within 20 working days from the date that work is submitted.
|Dr Joanna Day||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Christopher Farrell||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Mr Niall Ford||Tutor|
|Dr Emma Griffiths||Subject Extern Examiner|
|Ms Eleanor Kellett||Tutor|
|Dr Amy Russell||Subject Extern Examiner|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31||Mon 09:00 - 09:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30||Wed 09:00 - 09:50|
|Tutorial||Offering 1||Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31||Mon 10:00 - 10:50|
|Tutorial||Offering 3||Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31||Mon 11:00 - 11:50|
|Tutorial||Offering 5||Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31||Tues 10:00 - 10:50|
|Tutorial||Offering 9||Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31||Wed 10:00 - 10:50|
|Tutorial||Offering 10||Week(s) - 22, 24, 26, 30, 32||Wed 10:00 - 10:50|
|Tutorial||Offering 11||Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31||Thurs 15:00 - 15:50|
|Tutorial||Offering 13||Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31||Fri 11:00 - 11:50|