The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

This course will introduce students to a selected range of ancient historians from key periods in ancient history. Options in any one semester will focus on one or more major ancient historians from the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Themes will include the methodology of ancient historians, their reliability, the literary aspects of their work, the portrayal of other cultures, the role of the audience, the impact of their own intellectual and cultural environments, and the question of 'truth' versus fiction.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Assemble an account of the historiographical approach of an ancient author.

2. Describe to a peer group the contours of their research project.

3. Understand historiographical techniques and apply them to particular ancient authors.

4. Appraise the value of modern treatments of ancient historiography.


Content

The course covers both Greek and Roman historians and biographers. Authors writing on 5th and 4th century Greece are included, such as Herodotus and Thucydides, as well as the historians of the age of Alexander, and the biographer Plutarch, also relevant to Roman history. The Roman period is further catered for by historians such as Polybius, Sallust, and Tacitus, and the biographer Suetonius. All authors are considered in relation to their intellectual and cultural environment, their methodology and reliability, the impact of genre on the treatment, the portrayal of other cultures, and the role of individuals in shaping history.


Assumed knowledge

AHIS3000The Ancient HistoriansThis course will introduce students to a selected range of ancient historians from key periods in ancient history. Options in any one semester will focus on one or more major ancient historians from the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Themes will include the methodology of ancient historians, their reliability, the literary aspects of their work, the portrayal of other cultures, the role of the audience, the impact of their own intellectual and cultural environments, and the question of 'truth' versus fiction.FEDUAFaculty of Education and Arts468School of Humanities and Social Science2030005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019At least 20 units of 2000 or 3000 level courses in Ancient HistoryThe course covers both Greek and Roman historians and biographers. Authors writing on 5th and 4th century Greece are included, such as Herodotus and Thucydides, as well as the historians of the age of Alexander, and the biographer Plutarch, also relevant to Roman history. The Roman period is further catered for by historians such as Polybius, Sallust, and Tacitus, and the biographer Suetonius. All authors are considered in relation to their intellectual and cultural environment, their methodology and reliability, the impact of genre on the treatment, the portrayal of other cultures, and the role of individuals in shaping history. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Assemble an account of the historiographical approach of an ancient author.2Describe to a peer group the contours of their research project.3Understand historiographical techniques and apply them to particular ancient authors.4Appraise the value of modern treatments of ancient historiography. Written Assignment: Source Analysis (20%)Presentation: Seminar Presentation (20%)Essay: Major Essay (45%)Literature Review: Modern Literature Review (15%) CallaghanIndividual SupervisionFace to Face On Campus1hour(s)per Week for5Weeks0SeminarFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for10Weeks0


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Source Analysis (20%)

Presentation: Seminar Presentation (20%)

Essay: Major Essay (45%)

Literature Review: Modern Literature Review (15%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks