History Writing in Antiquity: Herodotus and Thucydides gives you the chance to critically examine the writings of Herodotus and Thucydides. Provided by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, the unit is delivered online and is designed to expand your understanding of different approaches to history by examining the works of its ‘founding fathers’.
The unit provides a comprehensive overview of the study of these two central figures, and will teach you how to engage with historians within their own historical and historiographical context. It also encourages you to critically appraise different ways of writing history and to analyse historical information as it is presented in different genres, forms and functions.
The complexity of the texts will help you advance your writing skills, ability to discuss advanced material, and organise and construct sustained arguments. The unit approaches the texts from various angles, including gender, structure, politics and source analysis; giving you a critical awareness of the different historiographical issues raised.
To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:
Graduate Certificate of Ancient History
Areas of study
In the History Writing and Antiquity unit, the topics you will study include:
General introduction to Herodotus and Thucydides
Herodotus and his sources
Women, gods, politics in Herodotus
Herodotus as literature
Thucydides: the composition problem
Use of speeches by Thucydides
Past or present? Model history
Reader and text
Structure and intratextuality
History and historiography
Overview: Thucydides and Herodotus
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Graduate Certificate of Ancient History, Macquarie University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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Firstly, an understanding of the development of the historical practice is vital to your study of history as a discipline. By learning about the first historians, their contexts and their style of writing, you will gain a broader conception of the subject as a whole and how to approach history in your own academic pursuits.
Secondly, by tackling such complex texts you will gain greater confidence is dissecting complicated material and interpreting it in your own manner. You will learn to measure the validity of different styles of history against each other, and to consider wider historical issues of context. These processes will develop your ability to process complex arguments and present them in your own words, which is a useful skill across a variety of careers.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in History Writing in Antiquity: Herodotus and Thucydides from Macquarie University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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