• Class Number 2516
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Greek Literature
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ryan Strickler
    • Dr Ryan Strickler
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
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 Greek. 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:

  1. read significant passages of the ancient Greek text(s) studied in class with the aid of a dictionary and a commentary, and read passages from the same author(s) at sight with some vocabulary glossed;
  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; and
  5. demonstrate an understanding of scholarly approaches to the author(s), text(s) or genre(s) studied.

Examination Material or equipment

No permitted materials.

Required Resources

Herodotus, Herodoti Historiae I (Libri I-IV) (Oxford Classical Texts). Multiple editions available, any will suit. Note: copies are available in the AD Hope Classics Library.

Liddel-Scott-Jones Greek Lexicon (a variety is ok- Little Liddel, Middle Liddel, or Great Scott!). This is readily available online and in the Classics Library.

Herbert Weir Smyth, Greek Grammar. Readily available online.

Numerous Herodotus-specific lexica exist in the public domain. These can be a useful resource, though LSJ will be sufficient.

Amy L. Barbour and Megan O. Drinkwater, Selections from Herodotus (Oklahoma University Press)- This is in its second edition but any edition is fine. This provides student centred commentary, essays, and a useful glossary. This is only a recommended resource but is very useful.

Robert B. Strassler (ed.), The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories (Anchor Books, 2009). This is a great English reference work including a literal translation. Since we will likely skip around in the text, this will be handy to catch up on the context. Other English translations are fine for reference, but I highly recommend this work.

Other commentaries and resources will be provided on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course and the text Reading: Herodotus, Historiae
2 Reading: Herodotus, Historiae
3 Reading: Herodotus, Historiae Exercise 1
4 Reading: Herodotus, Historiae
5 Reading: Herodotus, Historiae
6 Reading: Herodotus, Historiae Mid-semester test
7 Reading: Herodotus, Historiae
8 Reading: Herodotus, Historiae
9 Reading: Herodotus, Historiae Exercise 2
10 Reading: Herodotus, Historiae
11 Reading: Herodotus, Historiae Presentation and Essay
12 Reading: Herodotus, Historiae
13 Examination Period Final Exam

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Exercises 20 % 1,2,3,4
Mid-semester test 20 % 1,2,3,4
Presentation and Essay 30 % 1,2,3,4,5
Final Examination 30 % 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


As this is an advanced Greek reading course participation is expected. Participation includes preparing readings in advance, using grammatical resources at your disposal, and coming with questions concering difficult passages.


There is one midsemester exam and a final exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


These exercises will be due in weeks 3 and 9 and will be listed on Wattle. They must be submitted via Turnitin for marking. These exercises will test your understanding of Greek syntax and grammar and they will be judged on their accuracy.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Mid-semester test

The mid-semester test will be conducted during normal class time in Week 6. The test will cover the course readings from Herodotus (up to and including those completed in week 6).

Time to be taken: 50 minutes

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Presentation and Essay

Students must write an 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 2,500 words and it will be due by 5pm on Friday of Week 11. Students must also present a summary of their essay in the form of a 10 minute class presentation in Week 11.

Word limit: 2,500 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Examination

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 and an unseen passage for translation.

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

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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) 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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. 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

Assignments will be returned via Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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 resubmission is 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 Ryan Strickler

Research Interests

Latin and Classical Greek Languages, Classical Greek And Roman History, Religion And Religious Studies

Dr Ryan Strickler

Wednesday 10:00 11:00
Wednesday 10:00 11:00
Dr Ryan Strickler

Research Interests

Dr Ryan Strickler

Wednesday 10:00 11:00
Wednesday 10:00 11:00

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