GRE4304 – Greek historiographers

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Course content

We read excerpts from Greek historiographers (Herodotus, Thucydides and/or Xenophon), in total approximately 100 pages*. In addition you will be expected to read supplementary literature for orientation and/or in-depth-study of certain aspects of the texts. It is also possible to make arrangements to read later historiography.

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

Learning outcome

  • translate, understand, interpret and discuss texts from Greek historiography of all periods
  • have a profound insight 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
  • critically review secondary literature written in any academic language (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish)


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Minimum 60 ECTS in classical Greek


The teaching is given as seminars thoughout the semester (14 seminars) together with GRE2404 – Greek historiography .

We expect you to participate actively in the seminars through:

  • 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 qualify for the final examination, the following compulsory tuition activities must be approved by the teacher:

  • draft of the semester essay (approx. 1 page à 2300 characters). You submit your draft in Fronter.
  • regular attendance and active participation at the seminars (if you miss more than three seminars, you will be asked to do extra work for compensation)


Semester essay on a passage chosen from Greek historiography. Your essay must include your own translation of the passage (with small commentary), close reading and interpretation.

The essay should be 8-10 pages, à 2300 characters pr. page, excl. bibliography and appendices (Greek text, translation, commentary) . You submit your essay in Fronter.

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

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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

Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






Spring 2015


Spring 2015

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)