Undergraduate Course: Hesiod (GREE10036)
|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||An 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.
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.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial 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)
||Written coursework: 3,500 words (40%)
Examination: 1 two-hour paper (60%)
||Students will receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours for this course 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, 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Lilah Canevaro
|Course secretary||Miss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501