GRE2404 – Greek historiography

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

We read excerpts (60-75 pages*) of Greek historiographers (Herodotus, Thucydides and/or Xenophon). In addition you will be expected to read supplementary literature for orientation and/or in-depth-study of certain aspects of the texts.

1 page = 1 page in Teubner / Oxford Classical Texts.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you should be able to:

  • translate, understand, interpret and discuss texts from Greek historiography
  • have a general overview of the characteristics of Greek historiography
  • discuss historical, literary historical, cultural and other aspects of the course texts With teacher and fellow students
  • understand and discuss reading on Greek historiography, and use commentaries


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

GRE1001 – Innføring i gresk I and GRE1002 – Innføring i gresk II.

Recommended previous knowledge

We recommend that you have passed all Greek text courses at the 1000 level before you sign up for text courses at the 2000 level. 

We expect that you have knowledge in Greek equivalent to GRE1105 – Gresk grammatikk I and at least one text course at the 1000 level.


14 double sessions of seminars.

We expect you to participate actively in the seminars thorugh:

  • weekly preparations of Greek text passages (translations)
  • occasional critical reading (secondary literature)
  • regular oral contribution; participation in class discussions, reading out loud

In order for you to be allowed to sit for the final examination, the following compulsory tuition activities must be approved by the teacher:

  • essay (3-4 pages, 2300 characters pr page, excl. bibliography). You submit your essay in Canvas
  • regular attendance. You must attend  at least 10 of the 14 seminars.


Written examination, 4 hours: translation of passage from the curriculum, interpretive questions.

Entire curriculum and all activity and information from the seminars will be relevant to the examination.

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, all compulsory tuition activities must be approved by the teacher.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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