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Undergraduate Course: Homer (GREE10002)

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
SummaryA study of four books of Homer's Iliad, focusing on language, style, and sociohistorical contexts.
Course description This course will focus on fluency in reading Homeric Greek and on key issues in the interpretation of the Iliad, including the development of the plot, the traditional nature of the narrative, mythology, characterization and psychology, and ethical, social, and political issues.
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 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, in written examinations, in course work, and in class discussion, that they have acquired a thorough knowledge of three books of Homer in the original Greek;
  2. demonstrate, in written examinations, in course work, and in class discussion, that they have deepened their appreciation of the language, style, and poetic methods of Homer;
  3. demonstrate, in written examinations, in course work, and in class discussion, that they have developed their understanding and critical appreciation of the thought and belief-systems evidenced in the Homeric poems, as well as their awareness of the variety of modern critical approaches to Homeric epics;
  4. demonstrate, in written examinations, in course work, and in class 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 class discussion, independence of mind and initiative, intellectual integrity and maturity, and an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Good starting points are (a) M. Finkelberg (ed.), The Homer Encyclopedia (3 vols, Oxford/Malden MA, 2011): entries on all major topics, with further reading; (b) D. L. Cairns (ed.), Oxford Readings in Homer's Iliad (Oxford, 2001): a representative selection of classic scholarship on major themes.

Further suggestions:
Edwards, M. W., Homer, Poet of the Iliad (Baltimore, 1987)
Fowler, R. L. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Homer (Cambridge, 2004)
Griffin, J., Homer on Life and Death (Oxford, 1980)
Kirk, G. et al. (edd.), The Iliad: A Commentary (6 vols., Cambridge, 1985-93)
Morris, I. and B. Powell (edd.), A New Companion to Homer (Leiden, 1996)
Mueller, M., The Iliad (London, 1984)
Powell, B. B., Homer (Oxford/Malden MA, 2004)
Redfield, J. M., Nature and Culture in the Iliad (Chicago, 1975)
Rutherford, R., Homer (G&R New Surveys 26, Oxford, 1996)
Schein, S. L., The Mortal Hero (Berkeley and LA, 1984)
Silk, M. S., Homer: The Iliad (Cambridge, 1987)
West, M. L., The Making of the Iliad (Oxford, 2011)
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.
Course organiserDr Calum MacIver
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Perry
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