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Undergraduate Course: Lucretius, 'De rerum natura' (LATI10022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLatin Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will look at Lucretius' poem 'De rerum natura' ('On the Nature of the Universe'). The text will be read partly in Latin and partly in English translation and interpreted in its literary and philosophical contexts. Discussion will centre on the question of Lucretius' aims, the way he uses poetical imagery and rhetoric to achieve these aims, his treatment of the central question of immortality of the soul and of the fear of death in book 3, and his theory of development of human civilisation and invention of religion in book 5. Attention will also be paid to the enormous influence of Lucretius= poem in the Renaissance and in the age of Enlightenment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Latin 2A (LATI08011) AND Latin 2B (LATI08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter(at least 2 of which should be in Latin) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses but Elementary ot Intermediate Latin courses will not count. Students beyond Intermediate level but with less Latin than the prerequisite should consider taking either Latin 2a/2b.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion a sound knowledge and understanding of:
- the ancient genre of didactic epic;
- the main positions and arguments of Epicurean philosophy in the context of Greek and Latin Hellenistic philosophy;
- the relationship between Greek and Latin epic, didactic and philosophical traditions;
- the cultural and intellectual life in the Late Roman Republic;
- how the historical, cultural, religious, literary and philosophical backgrounds mentioned above inform Lucretius' work;
- the structure and purpose of Lucretius' poem, his poetical and philosophical achievement, and his lasting influence in the cultural history of Europe.

They should in addition be able to:
- use critically a variety of different methodologies and approaches to assess Lucretius' poem (and Latin poetry in general) in its complexity;
- read Latin poetry with a greater degree of understanding;
- demonstrate the bibliographical and analytical research skills to enable them to find independently, and to deal with, additional information relating to the study of Latin poetry and intellectual history.
Assessment Information
Essay - 40%; One (2-hour) degree examination - 60%.
Special Arrangements
In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580/3582 in order for approval to be obtained.
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Course organiserDr Simon Trepanier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3589
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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