GRK30100 Greek Texts: Herodotus

Academic Year 2020/2021

Students will translate and examine selections from the Histories of Herodotus in the original Greek. In Spring 2021 students will engage with selections from Histories Book 1.

Prior to class students are expected to prepare sections of the text as outlined in the reading schedule. This entails translating and, where relevant, reading modern scholarship and commentaries on topics such as: the author’s style, historical views and methodology, key themes in the Histories and modern interpretations of them.

PLEASE NOTE that the School of Classics reserves the right to withdraw modules in the period up to and including the first week of the teaching trimester.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

To successfully complete this module students must demonstrate an ability to:
* accurately translate Herodotus' text from Ancient Greek into English;
* critically engage with modern commentaries and scholarship on Herodotus and the Histories;
* reflect on and answer specific questions about the text and its themes;
* write about the set text at an appropriate level for a level three module as outlined in the UCD grading criteria.

Indicative Module Content:

In Spring 2021 it is expected that students will translate selections from Book 1 of Herodotus.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is delivered through seminars/tutorials in small groups. Before each class students will prepare their translations of set passages, following the reading schedule set by the module coordinator. As they read they should work to build a list of key vocabulary and flag any issues they may struggle with as they read. In class time will be devoted to translating and discussing the set text and discussing points of historical and literary interest. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students taking this module should have at least one year’s experience of reading unadapted Greek texts

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Students will be asked to translate and comment on a passage from Herodotus. Week 6 n/a Graded No


Class Test: Students will be asked to translate and comment on a passage from Herodotus. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Essay: Students must complete a written assignment (either an essay or a commentary) of c.1,500-2,000 words. The word count is inclusive of footnotes and/or in-text citations, but excludes the bibliography. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Homework set by the module coordinator will be submitted via Brightspace. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided students within 20 working days from the date of the exam or submission of coursework.

Name Role
Mr Olaf Almqvist Lecturer / Co-Lecturer