History Writing in Antiquity: Herodotus and Thucydides - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (20%) , Essay 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,387.00
International 2,637.00

This unit was previously known as HST803 History Writing in Antiquity: Herodotus and Thucydides.

Herodotus and Thucydides are seen as the founding fathers of History. Their work has had a profound influence on later historians. This unit examines their different approaches to writing history as well as examining a range of modern historiographical approaches to the reading of these two influential historians. This unit will give students a thorough understanding of the major works by Herodotus and Thucydides, along with a comprehensive overview of the history of the study of these authors. At the same time, it will introduce some of the major historiographical techniques used in the study of these authors, and give the students the opportunity to analyse a range of critical responses to the writing of history. It will teach students to read these authors within their historical and historiographical context, to understand the characteristics of their particular type or genre and to evaluate the historical information gathered from them.

The unit aims at students acquiring the following generic and specialised skills:

  1. the acquisition of a broad knowledge of the histories by Herodotus and Thucydides
  2. the development of independent and analytical critical judgment
  3. the ability to identify a number of different approaches to the reading of history and to offer critical judgement on their application to specific texts
  4. the ability to assess and prioritise information, to treat different types of discourse and to analyse their aims and functions
  5. advanced written communication skills, with particular emphasis on the ability to discuss complex material in writing, to reflect on research and organise ones ideas and to comprehend alternative views and respond to them profitably; also the ability to construct sustained arguments in writing, supported by clear logic and detailed research
  6. skills in clear presentation of written work and self-organisation and time management, necessary for the successful completion of assignments.
  • Essay 1 (20%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)
  • Online Discussion (15%)
  • Paper (25%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST803 — History Writing in Antiquity: Herodotus and Thucydides

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1General introduction to Herodotus and Thucydides
2Herodotus and his sources
3Women, gods, politics in Herodotus
4Herodotus as literature
5Thucydides: the composition problem
6Use of speeches by Thucydides
7Past or present? Model history
9Reader and text
10Structure and intratextuality
11History and historiography
12Overview: Thucydides and Herodotus

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

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