Undergraduate Course: Poetry and Culture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (CLTR10024)
|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 literature of late antiquity reveals a culture in transition. This course studies a series of texts from late antiquity within their various historical contexts.
What were the reasons for writing literature in late antiquity? Which Latin authors were influential? And what can we say about literary culture in the late-Roman and post-Roman societies? This course offers a comparative and broad view of cultural change from the high Roman Empire to the early Middle Ages. We will view the appearance of new genres and new literary traditions against the background of Antiquity. Students will develop an understanding of the long history of Latin literature, and they will learn to describe individual texts within the contexts of a changing world.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008)
||Other requirements|| A Pass in Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic is normally required; or at the discretion of the Course Organiser.
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 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2 short coursework exercises each worth 25% of the final grade. [typically 1,500 words each]
1 long coursework exercise worth 50% of the final grade. [3,000-3,500 words]
Examples of short coursework exercises that may be assigned include: a written analysis of two texts within the same writing tradition; a comprehensive list and survey of intertextual links between two texts; a book review; an encycloopaedia entry; a presentation or written study of the social or material context of one text; a prosopographical study of the individuals relevant to a given text.
The long coursework exercise may be an extended essay on why a given text was written in its particular form.
||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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework, an understanding of where a given text fits within the long history of Latin literature
- demonstrate, by way of coursework, an understanding of how to describe individual texts and authors within their historical, social, and material contexts
- demonstrate, by way of coursework, an understanding of how to discuss later Latin literature in a comprehensive way
- demonstrate, by way of coursework, an understanding of how to analyse long-term changes in literary traditions
|Anlezark, D. (2011), ed. and trans., Old Testament Narratives, Cambridge, MA. [primary text]|
Brown, P. (1971), The World of Late Antiquity, London. [essential background]
Cameron, A., B. Ward-Perkins, M. Whitby (2001), eds., The Cambridge Ancient History, vol. 14, Late Antiquity:Empire and Successors, A.D. 425-600, Cambridge. [important survey]
Curtius, E.R. (1953), European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages, trans. Willard R. Trask, New York. [important background]
McGill, S. (2016), trans., Juvencus' Four Books of the Gospels, New York. [primary text]
Relihan, J. (2010), trans., Apuleius. The Golden Ass: Or, A Book of Changes, Indianapolis. [primary text]
Roberts, M. (2017), ed. and trans., Venantius Fortunatus: Poems, Cambridge, MA. [primary text]
Sheed, F. J. (2007), trans., Augustine: Confessions, 2nd ed., Indianapolis. [primary text]
Walsh, P. G. (2008), trans., Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy, Oxford. [primary text]
Warren, D. (2017), trans., Ausonius: Moselle, Epigrams, and Other Poems, New York. [primary text]
Wickham, C. (2006), Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800, Oxford. [important survey]
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Aaron Pelttari
Tel: (0131 6)51 3004
|Course secretary||Mrs Ksenia Gorlatova
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349