This module explores the work of the fifth-century BC Greek historian Herodotus, the first person to write history in the European tradition. Herodotus' Histories is a multifaceted text that blends together history, ethnography, geography, anthropology and political critique in the course of explaining the cause of the Persian wars (490-479 BC). Weekly lectures explore the context and themes of Herodotus' text; language classes focus on close readings of Book I and consider the content and narrative style of Herodotus' Greek.
- Module Organiser:
- Dr. Ashley Clements
- One term (Jan - Apr)
- Contact Hours:
- 49 (16 lectures, 22 reading classes and 11 language labs)
- 10 ECTS
- 50% continuous assessment (two written assignments), 50% final examination
- Sheets, G. A. (1981) Herodotus Book I. Bryn Mawr.
- Asheri, D., A. Lloyd, and A. Corcella (2007) (eds.), A Commentary on Herodotus Books I-IV. Oxford.
- How, W. W. and Wells, J. (1912) (eds.), A Commentary on Herodotus, vols I & II. Oxford.
- Marincola, J. and C. Dewald (eds.) (2006) The Cambridge Companion to Herodotus. Cambridge.
- Munson, R. (2001) Telling Wonders: Ethnographic and Political Discourse in the Work of Herodotus. Ann Arbor.
- Immerwahr, H. R. (1966) Form and Thought in Herodotus. Chapel Hill.
- to acquire thorough familiarity with Herodotus’ text and Herodotean Greek
- to read the Histories against the intellectual and political trends of the fifth century, and both as an account of the past and as commentary on its own times
- to develop the core skill of close linguistic analysis
- to develop an understanding of, and the ability critically to evaluate, later receptions of Herodotus’ work