• Class Number 4265
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Peter Londey
    • Dr Peter Londey
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course offers students the chance to explore the literary, historical and cultural contexts of Ancient Greece though the close study of a text or series of texts read in the original language. Each iteration of the course is designed around a single author, genre, or theme. There will be further tuition in and revision of the grammar and syntax of Ancient Greek.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Read significant passages of the ancient Greek text(s) studied in class with the aid of a dictionary and a commentary.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of specific grammatical concepts and core vocabulary relevant to the text(s).
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the author(s)' literary style, compositional approach and/or rhetorical effects.
  4. Discuss the literary, historical and cultural contexts of the text(s) studied.

Field Trips

We would all love a trip to Sphakteria, but sadly there is none scheduled in this course.

Additional Course Costs

Text books.

Examination Material or equipment

No reference materials or electronic aids (e.g. laptops, phones etc.) are permitted in tests or examinations. 

Required Resources

A Greek prose course for post-beginners: Unit 1: Forensic oratory (Lysias, On the murder of Eratosthenes) (ed. Malcolm Campbell), Bristol Classical Press, 1998


 ISBN: 9781853995378


A Greek prose course for post-beginners: Unit 4: Historiography (Thucydides: events at Pylos and Sphacteria) (ed. Malcolm Campbell), Bristol Classical Press, 1998


ISBN: 9781853995408

Suggested reading:


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: 

  • Written feedback to individual students on exercises, tests and essays 
  • Verbal feedback to whole class covering matters arising from continual assessments. 

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing requirements:

A separate document will be provided on Wattle outlining my requirements for presentation of written work (with some amount of other helpful advice).

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course, and to Athenian law-court speeches. Reading: Lysias 1.1–10
2 Reading: Lysias 1.11–25
3 Reading: Lysias 1.26–40
4 Reading: Lysias 1.41–50. Discussion and presentations. Lysias presentations
5 Introduction to Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War. Reading: Thucydides Mid-semester test (Tuesday 26 March)
6 Reading: Thucydides, plus discussion
7 Reading: Thucydides, plus discussion Thucydides presentations (between wks 7 and 11)
8 Reading: Thucydides, plus discussion Thucydides presentations (between wks 7 and 11)
9 Reading: Thucydides, plus discussion Thucydides presentations (between wks 7 and 11)
10 Reading: Thucydides, plus discussion Thucydides presentations (between wks 7 and 11)
11 Reading: Thucydides, plus discussion Essay due by 23:59 on Monday 20 May ?Thucydides presentations (between wks 7 and 11)
12 Reading: Thucydides, plus discussion. Preparation for exam.

Tutorial Registration

No separate tutorials.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Fiction exercise, presentation, and discussion 10 % 23/04/2019 27/05/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Essay 25 % 20/05/2019 03/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Mid-Semester Test 15 % 26/03/2019 04/04/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Participation 40 % 01/06/2019 30/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Examination 10 % 30/05/2019 03/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


See above (assessment item 5).


See above (assessment items 3 and 4).

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 23/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 27/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Fiction exercise, presentation, and discussion

Students will write a short fictional piece elucidating or reflecting on aspects of the material being read (topics will be suggested). The piece will be submitted by 23 April, and will be made available online for other students to read. Over weeks 7 to 11, students will present a short talk explaining the rationale for their story, followed by class discussion.

Word limit: 1,000 words (story), 10 minutes (presentation)

Value: 10%

Presentation requirements: story to be submitted on Turnitin; talk in normal class time.

Estimated return date: marks will be returned by the end of semester.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 20/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


An academic essay on one of a number of topics to be provided (or students may propose a topic of their own, subject to approval by the course convenor). The essay word length is 2,000 words and it will be due by 23:59 on Monday 20 May 2019.

Word limit: 2,000 words

Value: 40%

Presentation requirements: a document on essay requirements will be made available separately.

Estimated return date: 2 weeks

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 26/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Mid-Semester Test

The mid-semester test will be conducted on Tuesday in Week 5. The test will cover the course readings from Lysias (due to be completed in week 4).  

Time to be taken: 45 minutes

Value: 15%

Estimated return date: 2 weeks

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 01/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Class participation will be judged on:

  • preparation of text prior to class (all students will need to come prepared to translate text in class and to explain aspects of gramar, vocabulary, etc.)
  • participation in class discussions

Value: 10%

Estimated return date: end of semester

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 30/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


The final assessment for the course will be a three-hour examination, conducted during the examination period. I will give you a detailed account of the format of the examination paper in Week 12 of the semester. It will include passages for translation into English (from those studied during the semester); questions on grammar and vocabulary; an unseen passage for translation; and a short essay.

Time to be taken: 3 hours (plus 15 minutes' reading time)

Value: 15%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Student work will be returned via Turnitin and Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

No resubmissions are permitted. 

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Peter Londey

Research Interests

Greek history, especially Delphoi; Thrakian Chersonese; Australian peacekeeping; George Gittoes

Dr Peter Londey

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Dr Peter Londey

Research Interests

Dr Peter Londey

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