Study Programmes 2017-2018
Exercises in historical issues, including an introduction to bibliography : Greek and Roman history 1
Duration :
15h Th, 30h Pr
Number of credits :
Bachelor in history10
Master in history (120 ECTS)10
Master in history (60 ECTS)10
Lecturer :
Yann Berthelet
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
All year long, with partial in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
This course is an initiation to the research in history of Greco-Roman antiquity. This is where you will learn about the practice of the profession of historian: first contacts with the diversity of Greek and Roman sources, initiation to bibliographic research, first concrete applications of the rules of historical criticism to the Ancient period ...   The lessons will be structured around two historical periods:
  • Athens and Sparta in the classical period (first quadrimester).
  • The last century of the Roman Republic (second quadrimester).
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
At the end of this course, the student will be able:
  • to carry out a critical historical commentary on a source or corpus of sources;
  • to report the knowledge acquired during the year within the framework of a well-structured, well-argued and well-illustrated demonstration -and in a correct French language;
  • to identify and find, in the library, an ancient Greek or Roman source, whatever its nature;
  • to find the modern bibliography relating to a given research subject;
  • to translate the Latin texts whose translation has been corrected during the course.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
To take this course, the student must have:
  • followed the general course Histoire de l'Antiquité gréco-romaine, y compris 15h d'histoire du Proche-Orient (LCLA0015-1);
  • have basic notions of classical Latin [= having taken the course of Initiation au latin (LCLA0018-1) or the course of Auteurs latin I (LCLA0018-1);
  • have a good oral and written knowledge of the French language.
[U]Important note:[/U] Students who plan to follow the following year the course of Exercices en histoire grecque et romaine de niveau II are encouraged to [U]c[/U][U]hoose the[/U][U] [/U][U]M[/U][U]ineure en Antiquité gréco-romaine[/U],  conceiving their study program of Block 2 and block 3 in order to strengthen their Latin and to learn the ancient Greek.
In the framework of the [U]M[/U][U]ineure en Antiquité gréco-romaine[/U] (blocks 2 and 3), you can complete your training in ancient languages by choosing a course (not otherwise followed) among: [U]LCLA0066-2[/U] : Langue latine I [U]LCLA0070-2[/U] : Langue grecque II (needs to have passed Langue grecque I) [U]LCLA0071-3[/U] : Langue latine II (needs to have passed Langue latine I) You can also choose, for the course of Traduction de textes, one of the following courses (not otherwise followed): [U]LCLA0065-2[/U] : Langue grecque I [U]LCLA0073-1[/U] : Auteurs latins II (it is advisable to have followed and passed LCLA0018-1 ou LCLA0068-1 beforehand)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
The course will alternate between:
- sessions including a time of course ex cathedra intended to set the historical framework of the practical exercises of text commentary + a time during which the teacher will propose a correction of the French translation of a Latin text that the students should have prepared individually in the previous week.
-sessions including a time during which the teacher will propose a correction of the historical text commentary that the students have had to prepare individually during the previous week + a time of initiation to the bibliographical research (ancient sources and modern works) in History of Greek-Roman antiquity.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Annual course, obligatory attendance: Q1, Monday, 11h-12h30 (A4/S50); Q2, Wednesday, 11h-12h30 (A4/a).   Bibliographic repetitions in library with an assistant outside of the course sessions. Do not hesitate to ask for help from the student(s)-instructor(s) for advice, additional explanations or additional bibliographic repetitions.
Recommended or required readings :
Bibliographical syllabus to download at the address :
Course materials to be consulted regularly on Ecampus.
Complementary readings suggested for this course:
  • Edmond Lévy, La Grèce au Ve siècle de Clisthène à Socrate, Paris, Le Seuil, 1995, Collection "Nouvelle histoire de l'Antiquité, 2".
  • Jean-Michel David, La république romaine : de la deuxième guerre punique à la bataille d'Actium, 218-31 : crise d'une aristocratie, Paris, Le Seuil, 2000, Collection "Nouvelle histoire de l'Antiquité, 7".
Assessment methods and criteria :
CONTINUOUS EXAMINATION: 10% of the final mark: two or three comments of historical texts will be taken each time for individual correction and notation during the sessions devoted to this exercise; two or three students will each time be interviewed orally on their Latin translations during the sessions devoted to this exercise. FIRST SESSION (January and May/June): January examination (10% of the final mark): oral theoretical test of bibliographical research (ancient sources and modern works). The oral test organised in January is non-dispensational: the mark will account for 10% of the overall mark for the year in case of success (mark greater than or equal to 10/20). Obligatory attendance at this test. May-June examination (80% of the final mark):
  • Oral examination on the course's programme (open questions with preparation time), including a small French translation exercise of one of the Latin texts seen during the course.
  • Practical test, in the library, of bibliographic research (ancient sources and modern works).
SECOND SESSION (August-September), in case of failure in May/June:
  • Oral examination on the course's programme (open questions with preparation time), including a small French translation exercise of one of the Latin texts seen during the course.
  • Practical test, in the library, of bibliographic research (ancient sources and modern works).
Important note: The correction of the French language (spelling, syntax, punctuation ...) is fully part of the evaluation.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Attendance and participation in the course is mandatory. In accordance with article 37, § 2 of the General Regulations on studies, too many unjustified absences and/or failure to comply with the deadlines for the filing of the work entail penalties that may go up to the non-admissibility of the examination.
Art. 37, §.2 : L'enseignant peut déclarer irrecevable à l'examen, l'étudiant qui n'aurait pas participé aux activités déclarées indissociables de l'activité d'apprentissage concernée. Il en va de même pour l'étudiant qui n'aurait pas remis, dans les délais fixés ou dans les formes prescrites, les rapports, travaux personnels ou tous travaux imposés dans le cadre de l'activité concernée.
Contacts :
Enseignant titulaire Pr. Dr. Yann Berthelet Chargé de cours. Université de Liège, Bât. A4 - Histoire de l'Antiquité gréco-romaine, Quai Roosevelt 1B, 4000 Liège - Belgique +32 4 3665606