Undergraduate Course: Literature and Society in the Age of Trajan (CLTR10012)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course aims to promote knowledge of the characteristic aspects of an important period in Latin (and to a lesser extent Greek) literature. Literature will be viewed as a social phenomenon, for which Pliny's letters and Greek writings of the second sophistic will be particularly important, and in its historical context.
Attention will be given to the details of where and how literature was distributed, and why Roman aristocrats and Greek intellectuals alike found writing a means both of self-advancement and of coping with their own inferiority and belatedness. We shall also see how both groups filter their views of the recent and distant past through present experience. The highlight of the course will be a complete reading of Tacitus' Annals.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| One text (£12 on Amazon).
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the content of the works read;
- demonstrate an understanding of the political and societal conditions which underlie these works;
- demonstrate an appreciation of the literary qualities of genres which are often read as documentary, such as histories and letters;
- demonstrate skills in close reading of ancient texts.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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 Class Delivery Information
||1 hour(s) 30 minutes per week for 3 week(s). In addition to the main class sessions - three separate Seminar meetings of 1.5 hours each.
|Course organiser||Dr Gavin Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3581
|Course secretary||Ms Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582