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Undergraduate Course: Latin Historiography (LATI10001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis text based course will focus on Latin historiography of the classical period. Certain works will be prescribed reading.
Course description This course will study the principles and methods of Roman historiography. The course will cover both the literary and ideological aspects of the genre and the problems with using the genre as a source. The texts to be studied will depend on the research interests of the lecturer.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Latin 2A (LATI08011) OR Latin 2a Ex-Beginners (LATI08013)) AND Latin 2B (LATI08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Prescribed texts.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Latin) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses but Elementary or Intermediate Latin courses will not count. Students beyond Intermediate level but with less Latin than the prerequisite should consider taking either Latin 2A/2B.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of class discussion, a coursework essay and a written exam that they are acquainted with the principles of classical Latin historiography, and with the literary, aesthetic and ideological nature of that literature;
  2. demonstrate, by way of class discussion, a coursework essay and a written exam that they are aware of the opportunities and problems involved in using historiography as a historical source;
  3. demonstrate, by way of class discussion, a coursework essay and a written exam that they have read in Latin an extensive prescription of classical historiography, with due attention to linguistic and stylistic detail, literary technique, and historical context;
  4. demonstrate, by way of class discussion, a coursework essay and a written exam that they are able to discuss critically interpretative issues which arise from the texts and from a range of scholarship.
Reading List
Cameron, A. (ed.) (1989) History as Text: The Writing of Ancient History. London
Feldherr, A. (ed.) (2009) The Roman Historians. Cambridge
Kraus, C.S. and A.J. Woodman (1997) Latin Historians. Oxford
Marincola, J. (ed.) (2007) Blackwell's Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography. Oxford
Potter, D.S. (1999) Literary Texts and the Roman Historian. London
Woodman, A.J. (2009) The Cambridge Companion to Tacitus. Cambridge
Woodman, A.J. (1988) Rhetoric in Classical Historiography. London
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sandra Bingham
Tel: (0131 6)50 6689
Course secretaryMrs Toni Wigglesworth
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580
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