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Undergraduate Course: Later Latin Poetry 1 (LATI10039)

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 class investigates how Latin poetry changed over time. Texts, authors, and genres between c. 300-600 CE will be the normal focus of teaching, with a goal of studying the historical development of Latin literature between the classical and medieval periods.
Course description In late antiquity, Latin poets reworked the Classical tradition and invented new forms of poetry. Their works are interesting in their own right and also important for any understanding of Western culture. As a way to cover changes in the history of Latin poetry, this course will typically focus on a single poet (Prudentius or Claudian or Ausonius, for example), a topic (such as the reception of Vergil), or a genre (epic or epigram). Other topics are also possible, but the course will examine what happened in the centuries after current histories of Latin literature become quite thin indeed. Textual criticism, literary theory, cultural and political history will all contribute to shaping a coherent picture of how poetry was read and understood between the Classical and Medieval worlds.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Latin 2A (LATI08011) AND Latin 2B (LATI08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAdvanced-level ability in Latin language and literature, equivalent to two years' study at the University of Edinburgh (if uncertain, consult the course organiser).
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
Clark, G. (2011), Late Antiquity, Oxford.
Green, R.P.H. (2006), Latin Epics of the New Testament, Oxford.
Green, R.P.H. (1991), The Works of Ausonius, Oxford.
Johnson, S.F. (2012), The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, Oxford.
Kay, N.M. (2006), Epigrams from the Anthologia Latina, London.
McGill, S. (2005), Virgil Recomposed, Oxford.
O┐Daly, G.(2012), Days Linked by Song, Oxford.
Pelttari, A. (2014), The Space That Remains, Ithaca, NY.
Roberts, M. (1989), The Jeweled Style, Ithaca, NY.
Ware, C. (2012), Claudian and the Roman Epic Tradition, Cambridge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The ability to read texts carefully and in context;
Critical thinking based on their understanding of a different culture and literature;
The ability to read at length with discernment;
Written and verbal communication skills;
The ability to appreciate the creativity of literary texts;
The ability to discern how Classics can and should be read.
Special Arrangements As standard for Subject Area
KeywordsLater Latin Poetry 1
Course organiserDr Aaron Pelttari
Tel: (0131 6)51 3004
Course secretaryMiss Stephanie Blakey
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580
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