Postgraduate Course: Ancient Literary Criticism (PGHC11248)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The aim of this course is to survey and investigate the most significant approaches, developments and achievements of Greek and Roman literary criticism in general and ancient theories of, and responses to, tragedy in particular. We will also study reception and influence of ancient literary criticism in modern Europe. Texts to be discussed include Gorgias' 'Helena', Aristophanes' 'Frogs', Plato's 'Republic', Aristotle's 'Poetics', Horace's 'Ars poetica', Tacitus' 'Dialogus', Longinus' 'On the Sublime', and Euanthius' 'De fabula'. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required, though students with ancient Greek and/or Latin language qualifications are welcome and will be encouraged to make use of their language skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
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Course Delivery Information
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| By the end of the course students should be able to:
- demonstrate in written work and in class a detailed understanding of the most significant approaches and developments of ancient literary criticism and their reception and influence in modern Europe;
- demonstrate in written work and in class an informed understanding of different issues raised by the study of ancient literary criticism;
- write a problem-oriented, well-researched, well-argued and relevant critical essay on a specific subject of their choosing.
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|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Seminars to be arranged at times to suit course leader and students.
|Course organiser||Prof Andrew Erskine
Tel: (0131 6)50 3591
|Course secretary||Ms Rosie Edwards