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Carol G Thomas
HIST 498
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in History

Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.

Class description

This seminar hopes to discover how Herodotus came to be the "Father of History" through an examination of his intent, methods, tools and achievements.

Student learning goals

To understand why the writing of history occurred so late in Greek history.

To learn the circumstances that produced its origin.

To investigate the person, Herodotus, called the father of history

To understand his tools.

To assess his achievement.

To become familiar with the product, HISTORIAE (Inquiries), both assets and limitations.

General method of instruction

Weekly discussion of reading, initially common sources for all and, later in the quarter, specific reading by individual members in the seminar.

Recommended preparation

Since 498s are intended for history majors, all students should have a solid historical background. Some understanding of ancient history - especially Greek history - will be beneficial. An interest in the writing of history, that is historiography, is important.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.

20% of the final grade reflects active participation in the seminar; 40$ is based on the short weekly papers; 40% is linked to individual special research in the form of a class presentation and a research paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Carol G Thomas
Date: 10/19/2012