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Undergraduate Course: Troy after the Fall (CLTR10009)

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 areaClassical Literature in Translation Other subject areaAncient History
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe Trojan War was the subject of the greatest of Greek poems, Homer's Iliad, but it was also a myth that was constantly reinvented to suit changing times and needs. This course explores its transformations in literature, art and local traditions, asking what Troy meant for the Greeks. The story of Troy, however, was not only a Greek story; with Vergil's Aeneid it underpinned one of the key texts of Latin literature. This course will also look at the Trojan myth in this Roman context, where it came to be incorporated into the public image of the powerful Iulian family. The course will use a range of sources, not only literary sources such as Homer, Vergil and Athenian drama but also artistic, numismatic and epigraphic material.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
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 Classical Literature) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
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:
- knowledge of some aspects of the development of the Trojan myth in the Greek and Roman world;
- some knowledge and understanding of significant literary texts;
- some understanding of the nature of myth and its place in society;
- some knowledge of the relationship between the Greek world and Rome;
- an ability to use a range of evidence critically;
- the bibliographical and analytical research skills to enable them to find independently, and to deal with, additional information relating to the study of this subject.
Transferable skills:-
- written communication skills;
- analytical skills;
- ability to deal independently with a complex body of information;
- ability to produce a concise summary.
Assessment Information
Continuous Assessment accounts for 30% of the total assessment; one (2-hour) degree examination accounts
for 70%.

Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
Continuous Assessment accounts for 30% of the total assessment; one take-home examination accounts
for 70%.
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 in order for approval to be obtained.
Additional Information
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Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsClassical Literature
Course organiserProf Andrew Erskine
Tel: (0131 6)50 3591
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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