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 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Ada Nifosi checkmark-circle


The module is concerned with the history, archaeology and culture of the ancient Graeco-Roman world, and covers the period from c. 776-479 BC. Among the subjects examined in detail are the growth of the formation of the Greek polis (city-state, a central feature of the civilisation of Greece and Rome), the impact of colonisation on the Greek world, and the circumstances for the invasion of Greece by the contemporary Persian world-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) – 40%
• Essay 2 (2,000 words) – 60%

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

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

De Sélincourt, A. (2003). Herodotus:The Histories. London: Penguin.
Dewald, C. and J, Maricola (2006). The Cambridge Companion to Herodotus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dillon, M. (2010). Ancient Greece Social and Historical Documents from Archaic Times to the Death of Alexander the Great. London: Routledge.
Garner, M. (2015). Proxeny and Polis. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Harrison, T. (2011). Writing Ancient Persia. London: Duckworth.
Obsborne, R. (1996). Greece in the Making, 1200-479 BC. London: Routledge.

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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