Early Greece and the Formation of the Classical World - CLAS7650

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Ada Nifosi checkmark-circle


The module is concerned with the history, archaeology and culture of the Ancient Greek world from the Late Bronze Age to the Archaic period (ca 1600 BC – 480 BC). Among the subjects examined in detail are the Greek trade and colonisation on the Mediterranean, the Tyrrhenian and the Black Sea; the cultural, architectural and artistic exchanges of the Greeks with Near Eastern, North African and Italian populations; the formation of the Greek polis (city-state) and the circumstances for the invasion of Greece by the contemporary Persian Empire.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Total Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Essay 1 (1,500 words) – 45%
Essay 2 (1,500 words) – 45%
Presentation (5 minutes) – 10%

Reassessment methods:
100% Coursework (3,000 words)

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Articulate detailed and nuanced responses to key questions about the nature and value of evidence for early Greek history;
2 Demonstrate deep understanding of the importance and implications of Greek polis-formation, colonisation, and Persian expansion within its historical context;
3 Demonstrate understanding of the conceptual nuances (and ambiguities) of key ancient Greek terms used within the period;
4 Devise sustained, critical and evaluative arguments related to the interpretation of these issues;
5 Engage reflectively with current research related to early Greek history.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate comprehensive skills in critical analysis and argument;
2 Demonstrate a comprehensive awareness of complex ideas and making them understandable in their writing, and focussed on precision and clarity;
3 Demonstrate confidence in working autonomously and taking responsibility for their learning.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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