ANT1003 - Classical Rhetoric


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days

Course content

Rhetoric is the art of discourse, the aim of which is to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations. Rhetoric was originally cultivated as an intellectual discipline in Athens, where this art was the premise for the birth of democracy. The art of rhetoric was later developed by the Romans, both during the Republic and the Empire. A rhetorical perspective on public relations draws on the rich rhetorical heritage of Western civilization that originated with the writings of Greek and Roman orators. The traditional rhetorical tools are still used today in mass media, journals, radio, television and is especially present in modern publicity and politics.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course

  • has knowledge about the classical rhetorical system
  • has knowledge about the main works within classical rhetoric, which include theories and examples, from the rhetorician Gorgias (5th century BC) to Lucian (2nd century AD).
  • has knowledge about the place of the rehtorical system and the rhetorical main works in ancient civilizations in relation to poetry, law, paedagogy, philosophy, politics, and forms of governments such as democracy and tyranny.

  • has the skill of relating basic language knowledge of Greek and Latin to the classical rhetorical terminology.
  • has skills in practicing the rhetorical system and in transferring knowledge about classical rhetorical theory, the rhetorical terminology and rhetorical cases from antiquity to rhetorical situations in later times.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars.

Four mandatory learning activities (group presentations or individual essays).

A 3 days home exam with examination questions related to the syllabus will be given at the end of the semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • 4 seminar papers

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The curriculum consists of primary sources in translation and of secondary literature.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Comparative Literature
  • Classical Civilization
  • Philosophy
  • Greek
  • Classical Culture
  • Latin
  • Scandinavian Language and Literature
  • Political Science
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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