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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Classical Art/Classical Archaeology

Undergraduate Course: History of the Study of Classical Antiquity (CACA10001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course deals with the way previous ancient historians, classical archaeologists and others have approached their study of the ancient world - and also examines our own place within this tradition. It is perhaps easier to recognise the prejudices and preoccupations of past generations than our own, and the course encourages reflection on modern approaches to the subject as well as an examination of those of the past.
Course description As this is normally a team-taught course the topics studied vary according to the interests of the staff available. Topics may include: the Black Athena controversy; the rediscovery of Pompeii; the discovery of Carthage; the effects of the Grand Tour: collectors and the industry that grew up to supply collectors of antiquities; the debate over the Elgin Marbles; Edward Gibbon and the notion of decline; the erotic response to Classicism in art of the 17th-20th centuries; Classical education in the 19th century and the Germanic view of the Classics; philhellenism and neo-Hellenism in modern Greek literature; the Fascist use of the Classical World. The course is designed to encourage student participation (e.g. in the debate on the Elgin marbles and whether they should be returned to Greece) as well as reflection on how the Classical world has been and is now studied by Ancient Historians and Classical Archaeologists.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A Pass in any Ancient History or Classical Archaeology subhonours course.
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter(at least 2 of which should be in Classical Art/Archaeology) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Benton, T. (1995) ┐Rome reclaims its empire┐, in Art and Power: Europe under the Dictators, 1930-45, London.
Bernal, Martin (1987 and 1991)Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization.
Vol. 1, The fabrication of ancient Greece, 1785-1985 (1987)
Vol. 2, The archaeological and documentary evidence (1991)
Bernal, Martin (2001) Black Athena Writes Back: Martin Bernal Responds to his Critics
Coltman, V. (2005) Fabricating the Antique: neoclassicism in Britain 1760-1800
(2009) Classical Sculpture and the Culture of Collecting since 1760
Franchi dell┐ Orto, L. and Varone A. (eds.),(1992)Rediscovering Pompeii, Rome
Jenkyns, R. (1980) The Victorians and ancient Greece. Oxford : Blackwell.
Lefkowitz, M.R. and Rogers, G.M.(1996) Black Athena Revisited
Wilton, A. and Bignamini, I. (1996) Grand Tour: The Lure of Italy in the Eighteenth Century
Winkler, Martin W. ed. (2000) Gladiator. Film and History. Oxford, Blackwell.
Wyke, M. (1997) Projecting the Past: Ancient Rome, Cinema and History. New York and London, Routledge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements 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.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Stephanie Winder
Tel: (0131 6)50 3583
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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