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Undergraduate Course: Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryClassical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic is designed to present to students who already have some knowledge of the Greek and Roman world the opportunity to study in a more intensive and sustained fashion the work of some of the major poets of ancient Greek and
Roman society, in translation. The focus is ancient epic poetry. The authors studied have been chosen both for their high intrinsic quality and for their fundamental importance in shaping ancient literary standards and cultural ideals. The course will be the essential element for those intending to take the Honours curriculum in Classical Studies. Students will perfect and develop the techniques of literary criticism applied by classical scholars to
the study of the ancient texts, first introduced in the first year surveys, and full advantage will be taken of the opportunity for wider reading and comparative study which is afforded by the use of translation. Given the lasting influence of these works upon all later European literature and art, the course will also prove of interest to those whose main interests lie in later European culture. These course aims and objectives work quite consciously to achieve a good attainment of the kinds of skills and knowledge that the subject area benchmarks for Classics and Ancient History prescribe.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A Pass in:- Any two of: Greek World 1A, Greek World 1B, Roman World 1A, Roman World 1B; OR any two of: Greek 1A, Greek 1B, Greek 1C, Greek 1D, Greek 2A; OR any two of: Latin 1A, Latin 1B, Latin 1C, Latin 1D, Latin 2A; OR Scottish Literature 1; OR English Literature 1; OR at discretion of course oganiser
Additional Costs Purchase of prescribed translations
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  72
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment is by
1. coursework, for 40%, comprising
15% gobbet (a short exercise in literary critique/appreciation on an assigned passage)
25% essay (2000-2500 words)
2. A degree exam: 60%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
an informed understanding of some of the canonical poetic texts of classical antiquity
an understanding of the nature and development of the genre of ancient epic
an understanding of the internal structure and unity of the individual epics studied
engagement with the central critical approaches and scholarly theories concerning these works
an understanding of the different historical contexts which produced the works
an appreciation for the difficulties inherent in the study of literary works in translation and how these can be minimized
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsClassical Lit 2
Course organiserDr Simon Trepanier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3589
Course secretaryMrs Summer Wight
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