GRK30020 Greek Texts: Thucydides

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module studies Book 6 of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, to be read in the original Greek. The book deals with the Athenian expedition to Sicily in 415 BC, and features the glamorous and divisive Athenian politician Alcibiades. Classes will be devoted to reading the text and discussing points of interest. Students will be expected to prepare a section of the text for each class, and to be able to translate and discuss it.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
* translate the text with confidence and accuracy;
* evaluate modern interpretations of the text;
* answer questions on specific points in the text;
* construct a relevant and analytical essay on the text.

Indicative Module Content:

We will read and discuss a section of the text in each class.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is taught in small classes, typically 2-3 students, and focuses on reading the text in Greek and discussing points of interest. There will be 18 classes in total.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students taking this module should have at least one year's experience of reading unadapted Greek texts

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 1,500-word essay. Students taking the module as part of a research degree programme shall do another class test instead of the essay. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Class Test: 50-minute test (translation and comment) Week 12 n/a Graded No


Class Test: 50-minute test (translation and comment) Week 6 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive detailed individual feedback on all their assignments.

The prescribed text for this module is Christopher Pelling (ed.), Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VI (Cambridge Greek and Latin classics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022).
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 10:00 - 10:50