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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 4
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?

  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

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

750 word essay 33%

750 word essay 33%

4000 word essay 34%


Resit; 3500 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 to provide a high academic appreciation of the subject content;
ProceduralCreateStudents will be expected to demonstrate a high level of communication skills;

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