Module Details

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Code CLAH200
Coordinator Professor CEP Adams
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


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Additional Programme Information



This module seeks to introduce a range of written and material sources through which histories of the ancient world were narrated in the Near East, Greece and Rome: For example, historiography, biography, poetry, philosophy, oratory, inscriptions and monuments. The module will explore the methods and techniques by and purposes for which histories were created by those with power and those commenting on or challenging it. It will examine the political functions of historical narratives, including the exploration of issues surrounding political power and ideology in antiquity and today. The module will allow students to investigate the dynamics of political power in the ancient world, especially in Greece and Rome, and build understanding of political phenomena and events, e.g. kingship, tyranny, democracy, imperialism, civil war, and revolt, from a comparative perspective .

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To be aware of different 'historical' sources from antiquity for politics in the ancient world, and to compare their character, contents, contexts and purposes.

(LO2) To understand the active role of history in conversations and debates about politics, from antiquity to today.

(LO3) To build knowledge of political events, individuals involved in politics, and debates about political issues and ideologies in the ancient world, and to compare modern scholars' perspectives on them.

(S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

(S2) Working in groups and teams - group action planning

(S3) Research skills - all information skills

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method 1 - lecture.
Lectures deliver information and sources relevant to individual topics and illustrate appropriate methods of analysis and interpretation.

Teaching method 2 - seminar.
At seminars, students conduct detailed analysis of particular sources, focusing on their treatment of past political events, personalities, and ideas alongside historiographical elements and historical contexts, building on individual preparation.

Teaching method 3 - workshop.
Students attend a workshop to prepare them for working together to produce the Group Work Portfolio.



The lectures and seminars cover various topics of relevance from different periods of Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman history:

A general introduction to the writing of (hi)stories and its relationship with political power;

Tyrants, empire, war, the polis and the morals of leaders in Greek historiography;

Literary perceptions of women, combat, and emperors in Roman historiography and the role of myth- histories in Roman society;

The ancient world on film.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 13



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Exam. There is a reassessment opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  2 hours    60       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Group Work Portfolio There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is not an anonymous assessment.  -2500 words    40       

Recommended Texts

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