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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Themes in Greek and Roman intellectual history (PGHC11350)

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 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course is intended to focus on a single significant aspect of, or problem in, Greek and/or Roman intellectual history: this will be studied with close attention to the sources available, and the range of possible methodologies and approaches. The intention is that students will deepen their knowledge of Greek and Roman intellectual and cultural history, at an advanced level, and will be given exposure to a range of sources and approaches which they can make us of in their own future work in Classics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing the course, students will be able to:
* demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the topic studied;
* independently identify and pursue research topics in Greek and Roman intellectual history;
* exhibit an understanding for different conceptual approaches to the study of Greek and Roman intellectual history;
* analyze and contextualize primary source material;
* arrive at independent, well-argued, well-documented and properly referenced conclusions in their coursework essay;
* demonstrate their skills in group discussion and oral presentations;
* demonstrate their written skills, their analytical and theoretical skills in coursework.
* prepare and present their work in seminars and workshops.
Assessment Information
The courses will be normally assessed by means of one essay (ca. 3,500-5000 words). In addition, each student will be asked to give one in-class presentation and participate actively in discussion in class.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Next year the topic will be 'Ancient Pessimism'. Topics discussed will include:

1. Pessimism: A modern phenomenon? Leopardi, Burckhardt, Nietzsche, Camus et al.
2. His Dark Materials: Theology of the Iliad
3. Metaphysical and cultural pessimism in Hesiod
4. Existential pessimism 1: Greek Lyric and Pre-Socratic philosophy
5. Existential pessimism 2: Sophocles & Herodotus
6. Anthropological and political pessimism: Euripides & Thucydides
7. The invention of Optimism or Plato's Denial of Tragedy
8. Cultural pessimism in Rome: Sallust, Lucretius, Horace
9. Was Vergil a Pessimist?
10. Pessimism and Stoicism in the Age of Nero
11. Pessimists, Pagans, and Christians in the Age of Anxiety

Topics in future years may include:
Injustice of Zeus: Greek theology from Homer to Plato
Sophistic Movement
Creationism and its critics in antiquity
Atheism and ancient theories of religion
Ancient philosophies of history
Ancient ideas on language and its origin
Political thought in antiquity
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Indicative Bibliography

Bibliography will vary from year to year depending on the topic studied each year.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Michael Lurie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3588
Email: michael.lurie@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Rosie Edwards
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782
Email: Rosie.Edwards@ed.ac.uk
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