Syllabus for Ancient Greek and Byzantine Historiography

Antik grekisk och bysantinsk historieskrivning

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5GR703
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Greek and Byzantine Studies A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2012-10-22
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-03-05
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree with (ancient) Greek as the main field of study.

  • Responsible department: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given as a free-standing course.

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide a deepened understanding of Greek historiography, its political, lingustic, and literary aspects during different periods in the history of Greek (e.g. the Classical, Late Antique, or Byzantine periods). In order to pass, the student must at the end of the course be able to:

  • translate the original texts with a good understanding of their content and grammar,
  • analyse the original texts from a stylistic view-point and discuss them on the basis of their genre,
  • analyse the original texts in their historical, socio-cultural context and discuss issues pertaining to gender,
  • reflect upon intertextuality and other literary perspectives,
  • on the basis of a relevant theory reflect upon historiography's relationship to the notion of truth and to literature, and
  • account for the main traits of the read original texts' transmission and history of research.


The course encompasses the reading of c. 200 pages of Greek or Byzantine historiography in the original, and at least one work in translation and at least one scholarly article. Syntax, stylistics and the relationship between content and form are continuously analysed and discussed, which means that the original texts are studies both from the perspective of historical linguistics and a literary perspective.


The course is taught in seminar form.


The course is examined continuously in the form of oral and written examinations.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.