Greek Literature: Plato's Republic


Course Objective

The aim of this module is
- to increase your knowledge of important Greek texts,
- to get acquainted with the research on those texts,
- to learn to contribute to those academic discussions yourself.

Course Content

The Republic is one of the major works by Plato and it is generally
regarded as one of the most important and influential texts in Western
philosophy anyway. In this module you will get acquainted with the
overall structure of the work by reading the whole work in translation.
By studying a selection of passages in the original Greek, together with
a selection from the vast secondary literature, you will get deeper into
the central issues and the way in which these have been interpreted.

Teaching Methods

Seminar, 2x2 hours per week.

Method of Assessment

Students give an oral presentation (30%) and make a written exam (70%).
The exam will take place in week 8.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor Classics or Ancient Studies with Greek.


S.R. Slings (ed.), Platonis Respublica (Oxford [OCT] 2003); Chr. Rowe
(trans.), Plato, Republic (London [Penguin] 2012). Further literature to
be announced

Target Audience

Students admitted to Classics and Ancient Civilizations with Greek.

Additional Information

Students in the researchmaster programme are expected to read extra
primary and secondary literature on a special subject to be established
by student and teacher. These extra materials will be tested in the
written exam, in addition to the standard exam.
Attending the classesis obligatory. If a student is absent from 20% or
more of the classes he will be excluded from the exam.

General Information

Course Code L_XGMAOHS004
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. G.J. Boter
Examiner prof. dr. G.J. Boter
Teaching Staff prof. dr. G.J. Boter

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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