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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Classical Literature in Translation

Undergraduate Course: Tragedy (CLTR10003)

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 offers an introduction to ancient Greek Tragedy via reading in translation. Students will read a number of Greek tragedies and examine them according to major contemporary interpretative trends.
Course description The tragedies read may vary from year to year. The following syllabus is only meant as an illustration of the type of material to be read.

Week 1: a) Introduction. The dramatic festivals; Basics of Stage conventions.
b) Poetics 1: Readings: Aristotle, Poetics (pp. 3-30)

Week 2: a) Poetics 2 b) Modern critical approaches

Week 3: a) Aeschylus Agamemnon 1 b) Agamemnon 2

Week 4: Aeschylus a) The Libation bearers b) The Furies

Week 5: a) Oresteia, conclusion b) Excursus: Athens 458-400 B.C.

Week 6: a) Intro to Sophocles; Aias 1 b); Aias 2

Week 7: a) Oedipus the King 1 b) Oedipus the King 2

Week 8: a) Poetics 3: b) intro to Euripides

Week 9: a) Medea 1 b) Medea 2

Week 10: a) Electra 1 b) Electra 2

Week 11: a) Helen 1 b) Helen 2
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements 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 Literature) 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 in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion a command of the primary set texts;
  2. demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion familiarity with the interpretative issues raised by the primary texts;
  3. demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion an understanding of important modern interpretative strategies and an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  4. demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Goward, B.(1999): Telling Tragedy: Narrative Techniques in Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, London.
Gregory, J. ed. (2005/08) A Companion to Greek Tragedy, Blackwell.
Kraus, C., Goldhill, S., Foley, H., Elsner, J. (eds.; 2007): Visualizing the tragic: drama, myth and ritual in Greek art and literature (Festschrift Zeitlin), Oxford.
Lattimore, R. (1964) Story Patterns in Greek Tragedy, Ann Arbor.
Lesky, A. (1965) Greek Tragedy, London.
McAuslan, I. & Walcot, P. (eds 1993) Greek Tragedy, Oxford.
Pelling C.B.R. (ed. 1990) Characterisation and Individuality in Greek Literature Oxford.
D.C. Pozzi and J. M. Wickersham (ed. 1991) Myth and the Polis Ithaca.
Segal, E., ed., (1983) Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy, Oxford (collection of essays).
Silk, M. (ed. 1996) Tragedy and the Tragic, Oxford.
Stanford, W.B. (1983) Greek Tragedy and the Emotions, London.
Taplin, O. (1978) Greek Tragedy in Action, London.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
KeywordsTragedy / Ancient Greek
Course organiserDr Giulia Biffis
Tel: (0131 6)51 1925
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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