Undergraduate Course: Later Latin Poetry 1 (LATI10039)
|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||This class investigates how Latin poetry changed over time. Texts, authors, and genres between c. 300-600 CE will be the normal focus of teaching, with a goal of studying the historical development of Latin literature between the classical and medieval periods.
In late antiquity, Latin poets reworked the Classical tradition and invented new forms of poetry. Their works are interesting in their own right and also important for any understanding of Western culture. As a way to cover changes in the history of Latin poetry, this course will typically focus on a single poet (Prudentius or Claudian or Ausonius, for example), a topic (such as the reception of Vergil), or a genre (epic or epigram). Other topics are also possible, but the course will examine what happened in the centuries after current histories of Latin literature become quite thin indeed. Textual criticism, literary theory, cultural and political history will all contribute to shaping a coherent picture of how poetry was read and understood between the Classical and Medieval worlds.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Advanced-level ability in Latin language and literature, equivalent to two years' study at the University of Edinburgh (if uncertain, consult the course organiser).
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Clark, G. (2011), Late Antiquity, Oxford.|
Green, R.P.H. (2006), Latin Epics of the New Testament, Oxford.
Green, R.P.H. (1991), The Works of Ausonius, Oxford.
Johnson, S.F. (2012), The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, Oxford.
Kay, N.M. (2006), Epigrams from the Anthologia Latina, London.
McGill, S. (2005), Virgil Recomposed, Oxford.
O'Daly, G.(2012), Days Linked by Song, Oxford.
Pelttari, A. (2014), The Space That Remains, Ithaca, NY.
Roberts, M. (1989), The Jeweled Style, Ithaca, NY.
Ware, C. (2012), Claudian and the Roman Epic Tradition, Cambridge.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The ability to read texts carefully and in context;
Critical thinking based on their understanding of a different culture and literature;
The ability to read at length with discernment;
Written and verbal communication skills;
The ability to appreciate the creativity of literary texts;
The ability to discern how Classics can and should be read.
|Keywords||Later Latin Poetry 1
|Course organiser||Dr Aaron Pelttari
Tel: (0131 6)51 3004
|Course secretary||Miss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501