History | Greek Historians: Herodotus and Thucydides
H705 | 15458 | Robinson
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with HIST-H605
The organization of this graduate course will combine the approaches
of a History Department “seminar” and “colloquium,” and thus
students will be able to register for it under either rubric.
Students will study the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, two
of the earliest and greatest of the historians of ancient Greece.
The course material will be both historiographical and historical:
while much of our time will be spent on the approaches taken by the
two writers – their aims, methods, and styles – we will also study
key aspects of the monumental conflicts they wrote about, the
Persian and Peloponnesian wars.
For most of the semester classes will be run in a discussion-
oriented format with frequent, relatively brief, student reports as
we seek a general understanding of the major issues in Herodotean
and Thucydidean studies. But this class also requires students to
research and write a substantial paper on a topic of their choosing
relating to these authors or the historical events they cover. Time
in the last third of the course will be given over to discussion of
techniques of ancient historical research, specific problems
students encounter as they conduct their research, and individual
attention to student projects.
Knowledge of ancient Greek will be very helpful but is not required
for this course.