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BA History / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Education and Schools in the Greek and Roman Worlds
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
To explore the role played by schools and education in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, with particular focus on both historiographical/methodological questions and the concept of socialisation, including the use of comparative evidence from other Mediterranean societies as well as the interpretation of ancient sources.
Knowledge and understanding
• an awareness and understanding of the subject;
• knowledge of a range of literary, epigraphic, papyrological and archaeological/iconographical evidence relating to schools and education;
• critical understanding of the strengths and limitations of different types of evidence.
• to pose questions about complex issues;
• to assimilate and summarize large quantities of evidence;
• to locate and retrieve relevant information from primary sources;
• to conduct bibliographic searches, and to present the results in a professional manner with appropriate reference to sources and modern published scholarship.
• to present a sustained critical argument effectively in writing and orally;
• to manage time;
• to engage in critical discussion and debate
Transferable skills and personal qualities
• the ability to organise self-learning and to engage in constructive critical discussion both individually and in groups.
- ¿ Independent critical thinking and analysis of issues crucial to understanding (ancient) society.
Formative or Summative
Weighting within unit (if summative)
Formative coursework essay
Summative coursework essay
Exam (3 hours)
Formative or Summative
written feedback on formative and summative essays
additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment), if desired
S. Bonner, Education in Ancient Rome (Liverpool, 1977).
M. Joyal, J. C. Yardley, I. McDougall, Greek and Roman Education. A Sourcebook (London, 2008).
C. Laes (ed.), A Cultural History of Education in Antiquity (London, 2020).
H.-I. Marrou, A History of Education in Antiquity (English Translation from the French) (Madison WI, 1982).
Students who did not take Greek or Roman History course units in their first or second year will need to have acquired a basic knowledge of the main narrative of Hellenistic and Roman history (6th cent. BCE to 3rd century CE) in order to follow the course. The use of F. Naerebout, H. Singor, Antiquity. Greeks and Romans in Context (Malden, Oxford, 2014) is recommended in this case.
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|Christian Laes||Unit coordinator|