How to Lead the Good Life: Greek and Roman Ethics

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    How to Lead the Good Life: Greek and Roman Ethics

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Classics, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course deals with some of the most influential ethical writings of Greek and Roman philosophy, and explores how major thinkers approached the issue of virtue and happiness. Through close readings of primary texts read in English translation, the course focuses on the rhetorical and moralising techniques employed in the construction of philosophical ideas, and on the effects that these techniques have upon readers. Special emphasis is paid on the self-presentation of moralists, and the variety of ethical genres that were in circulation (dialogues, letters, treatises, diaries). Finally, this course casts light on the social and cultural implications of morality in ancient Greece and Rome from the 5th century BC to the 2nd century AD.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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