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Course Overview

This course will explore the ancient Greek, Roman and Near attitudes towards creation, cosmology and world view.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Samantha Newington

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 3
  • Distance Learning

What other courses must be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will take a thematic approach towards ancient Greek, Roman and Near Eastern approaches to understanding the world, how it is formed, cosmology, cosmogony – whether the earth is flat, the universe a void filled with immortal and mortal entities, and whether there is such a thing as a divine ‘mover and shaker’.


The course will explore a range of materials: from ancient Greek poetic texts from the 8th century BCE to the philosophical epic of 1st century BCE Republican Rome. This course will investigate evidence from the ancient Near East dating from 1200 BCE and how the East influenced Greece and Rome.

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

500 word essay 33%

500 word essay 33%

3000 word essay 34%


Resit; 2500 word essay 100%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandstudents will be expected to identify and critically analyse primary and secondary material;
FactualEvaluatestudents will be expected: i. to critically apply knowledge in a range of formats and presentational styles,
ConceptualApplyStudents will be expected: i. provide a high academic appreciation of the subject content; ii. demonstrate the ability to transfer knowledge, develop independent research skills;
ProceduralCreateStudents will be expected to demonstrate, i. a high level of communication skills; ii. engage with a range of technology interfaces.

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