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Undergraduate Course: Greek Tragedy (GREE10001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will look at two fifth century Attic tragedies. The texts will be studied and analysed in detail and interpreted in their literary and historical contexts.
Course description A comparative study of two fifth-century Attic tragedies. At least one of the two plays will be studied in detail, paying particular attention to issues of text, language, translation, and interpretation. The other play may be approached more generally for comparison, contrast, and background. Both plays will be considered in their fifth-century literary, cultural, intellectual, and historical contexts.
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 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 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
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
3,250 word Essay (40%)
750 word Linguistic Commentary: Sophocles (10%)
750 word Linguistic Commentary: Euripides (10%)

Exam (40%)
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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, in written examinations, in course work, and in class discussion, that they can comment intelligently on notable matters of form, style, and content;
  2. demonstrate, especially in the course work, that they can make judicious use of dictionaries, commentaries, works of reference, critical studies, and modern translations;
  3. demonstrate, in written examinations, in course work, and in class discussion, an informed understanding of the most important issues and scholarly approaches in the interpretation of the prescribed texts, as well as the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  4. demonstrate, in written examinations, in course work, and in class discussion, independence of mind and initiative, intellectual integrity and maturity, and an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
[Will depend on prescription; general works include the following:]

D. L. Cairns (ed.), Tragedy and Archaic Greek Thought (Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2013).
S. D. Goldhill, Reading Greek Tragedy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986).
M. F. Heath, The Poetics of Greek Tragedy (London: Duckworth, 1987).
H. M. Roisman (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy (3 vols, Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)
R. Scodel, An Introduction to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
R. Seaford, Reciprocity and Ritual: Homer and Tragedy in the Developing City-State (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994).
C. P. Segal, Interpreting Greek Tragedy (Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1986).
M. S. Silk (ed.), Tragedy and the Tragic: Greek Theatre and Beyond (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996).
A. H. Sommerstein (et al., eds), Tragedy, Comedy, and the Polis (Bari: Levante, 1990)
J. J. Winkler and F. I. Zeitlin (eds), Nothing to do with Dionysus? Athenian Drama in its Social Context (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990).
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.
KeywordsGreek Tragedy
Course organiserDr Calum MacIver
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
Course secretaryMiss Lorna Berridge
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