Ancient Greek and Byzantine Historiography

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5GR703

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Greek and Byzantine Studies A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 5 March 2019
Responsible department
Department of Linguistics and Philology

General provisions

The course is given as a free-standing course.

Entry requirements

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

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.

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