Undergraduate Course: Lucretius, 'De rerum natura' (LATI10022)
|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||This 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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Latin 2A (LATI08011) AND
Latin 2B (LATI08012)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| 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.
|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 3580/3582 in order for approval to be obtained.
|Course organiser||Dr Simon Trepanier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3589
|Course secretary||Ms Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582