GRE4312 – Greek Imperial prose

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

In this course, we will read excerpts from Greek prose from the Roman imperial period (especially from the first three centuries AD), approximately 100 pages* in total. This may include, for example, texts by Arrian, Dion of Prusa, Plutarch, Lucian and Pausanias. The texts will be read in relation to the historical and cultural context of literary activity in that period. In addition, we read secondary literature that sheds light on modern interpretations of authorship in that period.

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

Learning outcome

Having completed this course, you will be able to:

  • read, understand and translate the texts from the syllabus
  • explain and discuss the content and structure of the works read
  • discuss specific passages with regard to textual criticism, language, style, as well as literary, historical and/or cultural aspects


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

You must have at least 80 ECTS in Greek to be admitted to this course.


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

  • regular attendance and active participation in the seminars. You must attend at least  7 of the 10 seminars. Requests for dispensation will not be dealt with.
  • Oral presentation (30 minutes) of a Greek author/text that is not on the syllabus.

Approval of teaching activity is valid only for the current semester.


Semester essay, 10-12 pages à 2300 characters, excl. title page and bibliography, on a self chosen research question on an author/topic that is not from the syllabus. You submit your paper in Inspera.

When you write a term paper you are entitled to supervision by the teacher. This requires, however, that you hand in a draft of your paper before a given deadline. 

In order for you to be allowed to submit the final essay, the compulsory tuition activity 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.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






Autumn 2019


Autumn 2019

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)