Undergraduate Course: Martial & Juvenal (LATI10033)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course covers two central Latin poets of the late first and early second centuries AD, Martial and Juvenal. The focus on intertextuality, genre, social context, and problems arising; and there will be the opportunity for interested students to consider their reception.
The course covers two central Latin poets of the late first and early second centuries AD. The epigrammatist Martial and his younger friend the satirist Juvenal are without doubt the two most influential Classical authors in their respective genres. Despite the generic difference, the two poets share brilliant wit, a number of common themes - such as patronage and clientage, gluttony, and sexual deviancy - a similarly gaudy picture of Rome, and the same persona of the oppressed and resentful client. The course will explore their intertextual links, as well the reality of their representation of Roman society and mores.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Latin) 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 ot Intermediate Latin courses will not count. Students beyond Intermediate level but with less Latin than the prerequisite should consider taking either Latin 2A/2B.
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, that they have read a selection of Martial's epigrams and a selection of Juvenal in Latin, and the remainder of Juvenal in English and have a thorough knowledge of the content, language, style and intertextual relationship of the two authors;
- demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, that they have developed awareness of the genres of Epigram and Satire, and the similarities and differences in their presentation of similar themes;
- demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, that they have developed awareness of the contrasting modern approaches such as those of social history and persona theory, and can engage with relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, that they have developed skills in close reading of original texts.
Martial, Select Epigrams, edited by Lindsay and Patricia Watson (Cambridge, 2003).
Juvenal Satires Book 1, edited by Susanna Morton Braund (Cambridge, 1996).
Modern commentaries and studies:
J.C. Bramble, 'Martial and Juvenal', in E.J. Kenney (ed.) The Cambridge History of Classical Literature II (Cambridge, 1982), 597-623
S. Braund, Beyond anger: a study of Juvenal's third book of Satires (Cambridge 1998)
E. Courtney, A Commentary on Juvenal (London, 1980)
W. Fitzgerald, Martial: The World of the Epigram (Chicago, 2007)
G. Highet Juvenal the Satirist (Oxford, 1955)
J.P. Sullivan, Martial: the unexpected classic: a literary and historical study (Cambridge, 1991)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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.
|Course organiser||Dr Gavin Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3581
|Course secretary||Mrs Toni Wigglesworth
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580