- General introduction to Herodotus and Thucydides
- Herodotus and his sources
- Women, gods, politics in Herodotus
- Herodotus as literature
- Thucydides: the composition problem
- Use of speeches by Thucydides
- Past or present? Model history
- Reader and text
- Structure and intratextuality
- History and historiography
- Overview: Thucydides and Herodotus
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
No special requirements
This subject 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 subject 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 subject 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.
- Essay 1 (20%)
- Essay 2 (40%)
- Online Discussion (15%)
- Paper (25%)
Textbook information is pending.