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Undergraduate Course: Hellenistic Poetry (GREE10012)

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
SummaryThe aim of this course is to study Hellenistic Poetry by examining in the original Greek a selection of works of the period's most important poets (esp. Callimachus, Apollonius and Theocritus) and/or selected passages from their works and that of others. Particular attention is paid to literary innovations and the interpretive issues that arise from them.
Course description During the course, students will read in Greek a range of texts that are likely to include passages from, and sometimes complete books of, the period's most important poets, including Apollonius' Argonautica, the six Hymns of Callimachus and selected examples of Callimachus' work in other genres, and selected Idylls of Theocritus. Through close analysis of the poems in their original language, students will become familiar with the style and language of each of the three authors. Students will also be expected to have read the whole of the Argonautica in English.
The course will explore the conventions and characteristics of Hellenistic poetry, focusing in particular on literary innovation. It will tackle the interpretative problems raised by Hellenistic literary practices, and modern critical approaches to those problems.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Greek 2A (GREE08007) OR Greek 2a Ex-Beginners (GREE08009)) AND Greek 2B (GREE08008)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should have achieved a Pass in Greek 2A (or Greek 2a Ex-Beginners) and in Greek 2B, with an average of 50% or above in the two courses combined.
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 Ancient Greek) 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 or Intermediate Greek courses will not count. Students beyond Intermediate level but with less Greek than the prerequisite should consider taking either Greek 2A/2B.
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, a thorough knowledge of the content of the Hellenistic works read;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, a good knowledge of the language and style of the three authors;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, a good understanding of the literary innovations, conventions and characteristics of Hellenistic poetry;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, an awareness of the interpretative problems raised by Hellenistic literary practices and modern critical approaches to those problems;
  5. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, skills in close reading of original texts.
Reading List
Primary texts:
Apollonius, Argonautica
Callimachus, Hymns
Callimachus, Aetia
Theocritus, Idylls

Example secondary literature:
Acosta-Hughes, B. (2010) Arion's Lyre. Archaic Lyric into Hellenistic Poetry, Princeton.
Acosta-Hughes, B., Lehnus, L. and Stephens, S. (eds.) (2011) Brill's Companion to Callimachus, Leiden.
Campbell, M. (1981) Echoes and Imitations of Early Epic in Apollonius Rhodius, Leiden.
Clare, R. J. (2002), The Path of the Argo. Language, Imagery and Narrative in the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius, Cambridge.
Clauss, J.J. and Cuypers, M. (eds.) (2010) A Companion to Hellenistic Literature, Oxford.
Fantuzzi, M. and Hunter, R. (eds.) (2012) Tradition and Innovation in Hellenistic Poetry, Cambridge.
Fantuzzi, M. and Papanghelis, T. (eds.) (2006) Brill's Companion to Greek and Latin Pastoral, Leiden.
Hunter, R. L. (1993) The Argonautica of Apollonius. Literary Studies, Cambridge.
Klooster, J. (2011) Poetry as window and mirror. Positioning the poet in Hellenistic poetry, Leiden.
Papanghelis, T.D. and Rengakos, A. (eds.) (2008) Brill's Companion to Apollonius Rhodius, Leiden.
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.
KeywordsHellenistic Poetry
Course organiserDr Richard Rawles
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