Herodotus and His World (ANHS2622)


Have you ever heard of the riches of the Lydian king Croesus? Or of the gold-digging ants of India? In this unit of study you will encounter these and other famous aspects of Herodotus' Histories, a text that blends history, literature, ethnography, geography and religion. You will explore the different intellectual worlds Herodotus inhabited and relate them to the world he created in his Histories - a key source for the study of the transition between the archaic and the classical periods in the history of ancient Greece.

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2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2000wd Research essay (40%), 1x1500wd Take-home exercise (30%), 1x1000wd reading journal (20%) and Tutorial participation (10%)

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Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points of Ancient History or History OR (6 Junior credit points of Ancient History and 6 Junior credit points of either Latin, Greek (Ancient), History, or Archaeology)



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