Skip to main content

The Invention of History

Herodotus, sometimes called the 'father of lies,' and Thucydides, sometimes called the first political scientist, treated as the first historians. Study of the ways of conceiving history and its relation to the peoples and periods explored. No Greek or Latin required.

Degree requirement — Critical Learning: HP, Critical Learning: AIM

1 unit — Cramer

Featured Offering

The Greeks "invented" history in the sense of pioneering the genre of historical inquiry. This course will examine figures such as Herodotus and Thucydides who have been considered the world’s first historians. This course will also look at the ways of conceiving history and its relation to the peoples and periods explored.
Painting of a woman
Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Spring 2021 Block 8 The Invention of History Richard Fernando Buxton Cossitt Hall 110E 25 / 11 04/17/2021
Spring 2022 Block 5 The Invention of History Owen Cramer TBA 25 / 25 04/17/2021
Report an issue - Last updated: 04/17/2021