Undergraduate Course: The Catilinarian Conspiracy (LATI10027)
|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 provides an opportunity to study in detail one of the best-documented episodes of ancient history, the Catilinarian conspiracy of 63-62 BC, within its historical (political and social) context. The Catilinarian conspiracy was the attempted seizure of power at Rome by the disaffected aristocrat Catiline; it was suppressed by the consul Cicero, who controversially executed the ringleaders. The sources (to be read partly in Latin and partly in English translation) consist of Cicero's speeches to the senate and people during the crisis, his later defence of an alleged conspirator P. Sulla, and the historian Sallust's account of the conspiracy written twenty years afterwards. In addition to supplying historical information, these sources also represent the best and most exciting oratory and historiography of the late republic.
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
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| On successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate in tutorial discussion, in coursework and in the written degree examination that they have acquired the following specific academic competences:
- an informed understanding of the history and politics of the 60s BC, and more generally of the late Roman republic;
- skills of historical and literary analysis of classical texts;
- and an informed understanding and appreciation of a selection of works by Cicero and Sallust studied in Latin and in English translation.
In addition, they should be able to demonstrate, again through tutorial discussion, coursework and the written degree examination, that they have acquired the following specific transferable skills:
- gathering material independently on a given topic and organising it into a coherent set of data;
- comparing differing sets of data and drawing conclusions from - evaluating different approaches to and explanations of material, and making critical choices between them;
- expressing ideas and arguments clearly;
- and organising their own learning, managing their workload and working to a timetable.
They should also have developed their general competences as follows, and be able to demonstrate them by the means stated above:
- general historical understanding;
- general literary appreciation;
- general linguistic ability.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580/3582 in order for approval to be obtained.
|Keywords||Catiline Ancient Rome
|Course organiser||Dr Dominic Berry
Tel: (0131 6)50 3590
|Course secretary||Ms Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582