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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Greek

Undergraduate Course: Lyric (GREE10003)

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
SummaryDetailed study of representative works of archaic Greek poetry, focusing on genre, language, and sociohistorical context.
Course description The aims of the course are to:

familiarize students with important works of Greek lyric poetry;
study these works in depth, with particular attention to diction, style, and subject-matter;
impart an appreciation of the contrasting aims and methods of the authors studied;
enhance knowledge of Greek language, vocabulary, and poetic style;
encourage students to interpret archaic Greek poetry in its social and historical context.
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 then 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 can translate fluently and accurately from the prescribed texts into clear and appropriate English;
  2. demonstrate, in written examinations, in course work, and in class discussion, that they have acquired a thorough knowledge of the prescribed poems of Greek lyric in the original Greek and have developed skills in close reading of texts;
  3. demonstrate, in written examinations, in course work, and in class discussion, an informed awareness of the most important features of Greek lyric poetry and of studied lyric poets, as well as a broad understanding of the scholarly approaches in the interpretation of the prescribed texts;
  4. demonstrate, esp. in course work, that they can make judicious use of dictionaries, commentaries, works of reference, critical studies, and modern translations, as well as 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
The precise reading list will depend on prescription. To begin with:

Budelmann, F. (ed.) (2009), The Cambridge Companion to Greek Lyric, Cambridge (esp. Battezzato, Budelmann, Carey on genre, D'Alessio, Hornblower, Stehle)

Budelmann, F. (2018), Greek Lyric: A Selection, Cambridge (Introduction and introductory notes to each poet)

Felson, N. (ed.) (2004), The Poetics of Deixis in Alcman, Pindar, and Other Lyric, Special issue Arethusa 37.3

Gerber, D.E. (ed.) (1997), A Companion to the Greek Lyric Poets, Leiden (chs. 'Personal Poetry' and 'Public Poetry')

Hutchinson, G. O. (ed.) (2001), Greek lyric poetry: A Commentary on Selected Larger Pieces, Oxford (introductory notes on individual authors)

Rutherford, I. (ed.) (2019), Oxford Readings in Greek Lyric Poetry, Oxford (esp. Part A. General Themes)
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 3580/3582 in order for approval to be obtained.
KeywordsLyric / Ancient Greek
Course organiserDr Theodora Hadjimichael
Tel: (0131 6)50 3788
Course secretaryMiss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501
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