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AN4141   Greek Tyranny

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available to General Degree students with the permission of the Honours Adviser

Planned timetable: To be arranged

Rulers such as Dionysius of Syracuse, Pisistratus of Athens and Artemisia of Halicarnassus are some of the most colourful figures of Greek history, yet the phenomenon of one-person rule in the ancient state receives comparatively little attention. In this module we will consider the nature of individual rule in the Greek state and its effects on the lives of citizens and non-citizens, as well as the development of ancient political thought. Coverage will be from the 700s to the 200s BC, studying tyrannies in Greece, Magna Graecia and Asia Minor. We will also examine how the reception of these figures has changed over time, and the way that historians such as Herodotus and thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle have shaped our vision of government in ancient Greece.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): As stated in the School of Classics Undergraduate Handbook

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1-hour seminars (x 11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 270

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 50%, 3-hour Written Examination = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr S Lewis
Module teaching staff: Dr S Lewis