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Fall 2018-2019
CLA 521   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Problems in Greek History - Historiography and Theory


Historians studying the ancient Greek past are confronted with the same basic problems as faced by their colleagues working in other fields of history: Is there any thing such as 'historical truth'? What 'literary' constraints are imposed upon historiographic writings? Is a 'scientific' history possible? In this seminar we study how the main historical schools of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries (historicism, positivism, the Annales school, Marxism, structuralism, post-structuralism and postmodernism) have approached these questions, and read texts dealing with Greek History written by representative scholars of these schools.

Sample reading list:
E. A. Clark, History, Theory, Text, 2004
G. R. Elton, The Practice of History, 1967
R. J. Evans, In Defense of History, 2000
P. Veyne, Writing History. Essay on Epistemology, 1984
H. White, Metahistory, 1973
A. J. Woodman, Rhetoric in Classical Historiography, 1988

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21669 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled