Courses & Units

Introduction to Ancient Greece HTC103


This unit introduces you to the world of ancient Greece through the study of ancient literary texts in translation. We learn how to analyse and interpret the perspectives of ancient writers who wrote across different literary genres and time periods in the Greek world. As the earliest surviving works of ancient Greek literature, the poems of Hesiod and Homer offer a view into Dark Age social values and how Greek peoples imagined their mythic past. Lyric poetry provides an intimate perspective on ancient Greek sexuality, society, and personal relationships. The historical works of Herodotus and Thucydides guide our exploration of conflict, war, and the development of democracy. Dramatic plays demonstrate how texts critiqued political authority and expressed social concerns. This unit provides you with the foundational knowledge and skills required for further studies in Classics.


Unit name Introduction to Ancient Greece
Unit code HTC103
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics
Coordinator Doctor Charlotte Dunn
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Produce valid interpretations of the content of ancient Greek texts.
  • Explain the significance of major works of ancient Greek literature.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the historical and cultural contexts of ancient Greek texts.
  • Express analysis of ancient Greek texts clearly and effectively in writing.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091523 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus:

Weekly Introductory Lecture (recorded, approx. 30 minutes)

Weekly 2-hour mixed format seminar (typically comprising two 30-minute lectures and two periods of discussion)

Off Campus:

Weekly Introductory Lecture (recorded, approx. 30 minutes)

2 x 30-minute lecture recordings weekly

1 hour Web Conference weekly (discussion-based)

AssessmentWeekly online quizzes (10%)|Primary Textual analysis (x2) (15%)|Major Essay (35%)|Take-home exam (40%)
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