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CL4406   Herodotus

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

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

Planned timetable: TBC

Herodotus was known, even in antiquity, as both the 'father of history' and the 'father of lies', but his reputation has undergone serious re-evaluation in recent years. This module will examine all aspects of Herodotus' work, and its value as historical evidence, while at the same time seeking to locate the Histories in their late fifth-century intellectual context. Topics will include his ideas of causation, use of sources, the representation of foreign lands and peoples, religious beliefs, geographical understanding, and his implicit critique of Athenian imperialism.

Relationship to other modules

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

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take GK4123

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 coursework consultation hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

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

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

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


Module teaching staff: Dr R Anderson