Approaching Ancient Evidence (Greek)

Module Code: AH1008

This module is the essential first step in your training as a Greek historian. Through a combination of lectures and small-group seminars, you will be taught the key skills for dealing with ancient evidence. In the finest Leicester tradition, you will combine your study of written sources with archaeological evidence, learning to identify and decipher short inscriptions and texts, as well as getting to grips with the specialist terminology we use to describe coins, pots, buildings and other important historical sources.

Topics covered

  • The Greek alphabet(s)
  • Text and images on coins
  • Votive offerings and curse tablets
  • The function and decoration of ceramics
  • Forms of ancient architecture
  • Interpreting funerary monuments
  • Greek numerals and numeracy

Learning

  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours of seminars
  • 133 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Source criticism, 2,000 words (70%)
  • Skills practice, 1,500 words (30%)