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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students focus on histories as they emerged in the ancient Greek and Roman eras, and/or in medieval-to-early-modern eras (Pagan, Catholic, Orthodox or Islamic). The subject traces adaptations and innovations in the whys and the ways of histories. You identify how the writing of history has re-branded itself over time. Historians you choose might include Herodotus, Thucydides, Polybius, Caesar, Sallust, Livy, Tacitus, Ammianus Marcellinus, Eusebius, Procopius, Froissart, Commynes, Bruni, Ibn Khaldun, Valla, Guiccardini and Gibbon. After an overview, students focus (across any two eras) on genre changes either of histories of states and empires at war, or of annals or chronicles, or of biography and memoir, or of ethnography. Whatever the two eras chosen, students either frame an in-depth analysis of change in genre, agendas, audience, tropes and sources, or they contrast how histories compared to biography, ethnography, art, religious rites or values, or architecture evident then.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAdrian Jones

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures, Tutorials, Online discussion groups, Essays

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed a Level two subject in either Archaeology, Mediterranean Studies or History


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

A History of Histories

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorJohn Burrow



PublisherAllen Lane/Penguin or Knopf

ISBN 9780140283792

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Other descriptionN/A

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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate a scholarly understanding of at least one period or culture of the past.
02. Show how history and historians shape the present in their past and can contribute to envisaging new futures in their pasts.
03. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of past conceptual approaches to interpreting the past.
04. Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.
05. Analyse in an accomplished manner historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
06. Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in their study of history.

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