Undergraduate Course: The Ancient Novel (CLTR10001)
|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 course is concerned with the prose fiction of the Graeco-Roman world, with a particular focus on the Greek and Roman novels of the early Roman Imperial period. At least three novels (Greek and Roman) are read and studied in English translation, usually, but not restricted to, Longus, Achilles Tatius and Petronius.
Although the novel is often regarded as a post-Renaissance phenomenon and was not recognised as a high literary form by ancient critics, a number of examples survive from the ancient world, in some cases only fragmentarily. Whereas previously many classicists had regarded the ancient novel as peripheral, since the 1970s it has been attracting ever-increasing scholarly interest, and is now much more widely taught as part of a Classics undergraduate curriculum. The course will concentrate on the rise of the Greek novel and the contingent cultural and literary phenomena of the so-called Second Sophistic, and will examine too the nature, origins and peculiarity of the Roman novel. Students will normally read (in translation) all of Longus' Daphnis and Chloe, all of Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Clitophon, all of Petronius' Satyricon and excerpts of the works of Chariton, Lucian and Apuleius.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008) is normally required, or at the discretion of the course organiser.
|Additional Costs|| None
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 Classical Literature) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Essay 3000-3500 words (40%)
One (2-hour) Degree Exam (60%)
Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
If this course runs in the first semester - Semester 1 (only) visiting students will be examined in the December exam diet.
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the primary texts studied in relation to the novel genre, literary heritage and cultural context;
- read, analyse and reflect critically upon diverse modern scholarship on the Ancient Novel;
- understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material, from different linguistic cultures and heritages;
- 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.
|Anderson, G. (1984) Ancient Fiction: The Novel in the Graeco-Roman World London.|
Bowersock, G.W. (ed.) (1974) Approaches to the Second Sophistic Pennsylvania.
Bowersock, G.W. (1994) Fiction as History. Nero to Julian Berkeley.
Calame, C. (1999) The Poetics of Eros in Ancient Greece Princeton.
Doody, M. (1996) The True Story of the Novel New Brunswick.
Hägg, T. (1983) The Novel in Antiquity Oxford.
Harrison, S. ed. (1999) Oxford Readings in the Roman Novel Oxford.
Harrison, S., Pachalis, M., Frangoulidis, S. (eds) (2005) Metaphor and the Ancient Novel Groningen.
Haynes, K. (2003) Fashioning the Feminine in the Greek Novel London.
Holzberg, N. (1995) The Ancient Novel. An Introduction London.
Kim, L. (2010) Homer between History and Fiction in Imperial Greek Literature Cambridge.
König, J. (2009) Greek Literature in the Roman Empire London.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Calum MacIver
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Ord
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110