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Undergraduate Course: Hesiod (GREE10036)

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
SummaryAn opportunity to study Hesiod's canonical poetry, covering most of the two major works: the Theogony and the Works and Days. Taking us from the very beginnings of the cosmos to our current state of being, these poems offer precious insights into Greek thinking about the world and our place in it.
Course description In this course we will read most of Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days in Greek, as well as discussing the poems in their entirety, along with selections from the Catalogue of Women, Shield of Heracles, or other Hesiodic fragments. Study of the Greek text will work in conjunction with thematic discussions of topics such as Hesiod's poetics and metapoetics, his moral concepts, his attitude to women - and whether or not he ever existed. The Hesiodic poems will be set in their generic and traditional framework, and will be considered from a comparative perspective to locate them within global literature.
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 Greek 2A (GREE08007) or Greek 2A Ex-Beginners (GREE08009) and Greek 2B (GREE08008), or at the discretion of the course organiser.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least two 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. Students beyond Intermediate level but with less Greek than the prerequisite should consider either Greek 2a or 2b.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
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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 the set passages of Hesiod in the original Greek, developing an appreciation of the language, style, and poetic methods of Hesiod;
  2. demonstrate, in written examinations, in course work, and in class discussion, an understanding of the themes and thought systems of Hesiodic poetry and an ability to relate these to the wider generic and traditional framework;
  3. demonstrate, in written examinations, in course work, and in class discussion, an awareness of the variety of critical approaches to Hesiod, and how these have changed over time;
  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
Arthur, M.B. (1982) 'Cultural strategies in Hesiod's Theogony: Law, family, and society', Arethusa 15: 63-82.

Boys-Stones, G. and Haubold, J.H. (2010) (eds) Plato and Hesiod, Oxford.

Canevaro, L.G. (2015) Hesiod's Works and Days: How to Teach Self-Sufficiency, Oxford.

Clay, J.S. (2003) Hesiod's Cosmos, Cambridge.

Hunter, R.L. (2005) (ed.) The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women: Constructions and Reconstructions, Cambridge.

Hunter, R.L. (2014) Hesiodic Voices: Studies in the Ancient Reception of Hesiod's Works and Days, Cambridge.

Koning, H. (2010) Hesiod: the Other Poet, Leiden.

Loney, A. and Scully, S. (2018) (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Hesiod, Oxford / New York.

Montanari, F., Rengakos, A. and Tsagalis, C. (2009) (eds.) Brill's Companion to Hesiod, Leiden.

Nelson, S. (1998) God and the Land: the Metaphysics of Farming in Hesiod and Vergil, New York/Oxford.

Rosen, R. (1990) 'Poetry and Sailing in Hesiod's Works and Days', CA 9:99-113.

Stoddard, K. (2004) The Narrative Voice in the Theogony of Hesiod, Leiden.
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Course organiserDr Lilah Canevaro
Course secretaryMiss Lorna Berridge
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