HIST 533V • GREK 4033

Amphora of Croesus on the Pyre

Attic Red-Figure Amphora showing Croesus on the pyre, now in the Louvre

Instructor: Dr. Charles E. Muntz
Time: MWF 8:35-9:25am
Place: Old Main 412 (History Library)
Dr. Muntz's Office: 408 Old Main 
Office Hours: Mon 1:00-2:30pm, and by appointment
Email: cmuntz@uark.edu
Phone: (479) 575-5891 


The class will examine the writings of the earliest Greek prose author whose writings survive, Herodotus. Herodotus has earned the sobriquet “the Father of History” for his massive history of the war between the Greek city states and the Persian empire in 480-479. But the Histories are much more than just the history of war. Tracing the origins of the conflict between east west, Herodotus weaves together detailed accounts of many eastern peoples, the rise of the Greek city-states, and an extraordinary number of “wonders." Our focus will be on reading as much of Herodotus' first book in Greek as we can, but we will also take time to discuss some of the most important themes and issues running through his work. 


Translation: We will be reading as much of the first book of the Histories as possible. I've left most of the syllabus blank and will add assignments as we go. In preparing for each class it is important to go over the day’s assignment very carefully and learn all new vocabulary. Do not use a translation to help translate the Greek, and avoid writing notes or vocabulary in your text. 

Quizzes: There will be seven in class quizzes covering grammar, vocabulary, and translation, on the dates listed below. These quizzes will be cumulative, but I will drop the lowest quiz grade. 

Discussion: On days with quizzes we will also have class discussions on Herodotus. The syllabus indicates which parts of Herodotus in English you should read beforehand. Discussion questions can be found here to help you prepare, but feel free to introduce your own questions.

Final Paper: A 3200-3600 word research paper on a topic related to Herodotus of the student’s choice, subject to consultation with the professor.

Grading Breakdown:
Quizzes: 50%
Final Paper: 50% 

Reading Materials 

Required Texts:
Sheets, George A. Herodotus: Book I. Bryn Mawr Commentaries, ISBN 9780929524139

A translation of Herodotus - I haven’t assigned a specific one since I assume you all already have one. The library also has the Dewald-Oxford World Classics translation online.

A Greek-English lexicon - the big LSJ is available online and in the reference section, but one of the abridged versions (the “Little Liddell” and the “Middle Liddell”) will be fine for translating.

In Mullins Reference Section:
Liddell, H. G. and R. Scott. A Greek-English Lexicon. 9th edition revised by Sir Henry Stuart Jones. REF PA 445.E5 L6 1996  
The standard Greek-English dictionary. Commonly abbreviated as the LSJ, this is also available online through the TLG project.

Texts on Reserve (all in Mullins under HIST533V-001)
Asheri, David, et al. A Commentary on Herodotus books I-IV.  

How, W.W. & J. Wells. A Commentary on Herodotus. 2 volumes. 

Dewald, C. & R. V. Munson. Herodotus: Histories Book I.

Denniston, J. D. The Greek Particles.

Powell, J. E. A Lexicon to Herodotus. Also available online through the TLG, login required

Smyth, H. W. A Greek Grammar.

Other Resources
Greek Text of Herodotus on TLG (login required)

Cambridge Companion to Herodotus. Available online

Major Bibliography of Herodotus (through 2016)

General Bibliographic Resources for the ancient Greece & Rome

Oxford Classical Dictionary


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Daily assignments
(I will add these as we go, but note the dates for quizzes & discussion) 

Week 1
  August 21: Introduction to Herodotus
  August 23: 
  August 25: 

Week 2 
  August 28: 
  August 30: 
  September 1: 

Week 3
  September 4: Labor Day
  September 6: 
  September 8: Quiz #1 / Herodotus Discussion #1 - Book 1

Week 4 
  September 11: 
  September 13: 
  September 15:

Week 5 
  September 18: 
  September 20: 
  September 22: 

Week 6 
  September 25: Quiz #2 / Herodotus Discussion #2 - Book 2
  September 27: 
  September 29: 

Week 7 
  October 2: 
  October 4: 
  October 6: 

Week 8 -  
  October 9: Quiz #3 / Herodotus Discussion #3 - Book 3
  October 11: 
  October 13: 

Week 9
  October 16: Fall Break! 
  October 18: 
  October 20: 

Week 10 
  October 23: Quiz #4 / Herodotus Discussion #4 - Book 4
  October 25: 
  October 27: 34.2-35.2

Week 11 
  October 30: 35.3-36.2  
  November 1: 36.3-37.3
  November 3: 38.1-40

Week 12 
  November 6: Quiz #5 / Herodotus Discussion #5 - Book 5 & 6
  November 8: 
  November 10: 

Week 13 
  November 13: 
  November 15: 
  November 17: 

Week 14
November 20: Quiz #6 / Herodotus Discussion #6 - Book 7
  November 22: Thanksgiving Break
  November 24: Thanksgiving Break

Week 15
November 27: 
  November 29:
  December 1: 

Week 16
  December 4:
  December 6: Quiz #7 / Herodotus Discussion #7 - Books 8 & 9