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Undergraduate Course: Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryClassical Literature 2 is an introduction to ancient epic. All readings are done in translation.
Course description Classical Literature 2A: Greek and Roman Epic is designed to present to students who already have some knowledge of the Greek and Roman world the opportunity to study in a more intensive and sustained fashion the work of some of the major poets of ancient Greek and Roman society, in translation. The focus is ancient epic poetry. The works studied may vary from year to year but the course is usually devoted to the study of three epics, studied in chronological order, e.g.

Homer, Iliad. Translation by R. Lattimore
Apollonius of Rhodes, Jason and the Golden Fleece, Translation by R. Hunter
Virgil, Aeneid. Translation by F. Ahl

The course consists of both lectures and tutorials. Lectures are designed to introduce students to the major themes to be covered in the course, while tutorials provide a forum for the discussion of more specific issues. Preparation and attendance at tutorials is compulsory.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in any two of the following: Greek World 1A, Greek World 1B, Roman World 1A, Roman World 1B;
a pass in any two of the following: Greek 1A, Greek 1B, Greek 1C, Greek 1D, Greek 2A;
a pass in any two of the following: Latin 1A, Latin 1B, Latin 1C, Latin 1D, Latin 2A;
a pass in either Scottish Literature 1 or English Literature 1;
at discretion of course organiser
Additional Costs Purchase of prescribed translations
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  78
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 2,500-2,750 word essay (30%), and
1 x literary critical exercise (10%)
Degree Examination: 1 two-hour paper (60%)

You must attempt all elements of assessment to pass the course. If you have achieved a Pass mark overall, but have failed to submit either a literary critical exercise or an essay, you will be given a Force Fail result.
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate in written examination, in course work, and in tutorial discussion an informed understanding of the set texts
  2. demonstrate in written examination, in course work, and in tutorial discussion an understanding of the nature and development of the genre of ancient epic
  3. demonstrate in written examination, in course work, and in tutorial discussion an understanding of the internal structure and unity of the individual epics studied
  4. demonstrate in written examination, in course work, and in tutorial discussion engagement with the central critical approaches and scholarly theories concerning these works
  5. demonstrate in written examination, in course work, and in tutorial discussion a general understanding of the different historical contexts which produced the works
Reading List
Cairns, D. L. (2001) (ed.), Oxford Readings in Homer's Iliad, Oxford.
Edwards, M. (1987), Homer: Poet of the Iliad, Baltimore.
Griffin, J. (1980), Homer on Life and Death, Oxford.
Schein Seth, (1984), The Mortal Hero: An Introduction to Homer's Iliad, Berkeley.
Taplin, O. (1992), Homeric Soundings, Oxford.
West, M.L. (2010) The Making of the Iliad, Oxford.

Hunter, R. L. (1993), The Argonautica of Apollonius. Literary Studies, Cambridge.

Rengakos, A. (2001), 'Apollonius Rhodius as a Homeric Scholar', in Papanghelis, T. and Rengakos,
A. (eds.) A Companion to Apollonius Rhodius (Leiden) 193-216

Hardie, P.R. (1999) Virgil: Critical Assessments of Classical Authors, London
Harrison, S.J., ed. (1990) Oxford Readings in Vergil's Aeneid, Oxford
Lyne, R.O.A.M. (1989) Words and the Poet: Characteristic Techniques of Style in Vergil's Aeneid, Oxford
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsClassical Lit 2
Course organiserDr Simon Trepanier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3589
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Perry
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