Undergraduate Course: Latin Epic (LATI10002)
|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 examines Latin epic, particularly Vergil's Aeneid, with attention paid to the poetic strategies of the Latin text, its intertextual heritage and philosophical imprint. A wide range of Augustan, political and cultural concerns are studied in addition to the literary aspects.
This course will consider the greatest genre of classical Latin poetry, Epic. After an introduction to the roots of Roman epic, the focus will be on Vergil's Aeneid, the most famous poem from Roman antiquity and a cornerstone of European literary culture. Classes will be a combination of lectures and seminars. A considerable portion of epic poetry will be read in the original, with a focus on the Aeneid and on the relation between politics and poetry. The course will examine the intertextual heritage of the Aeneid, its political and cultural context as portrayed within the poem, its thematic and ideological aims, and above all its literary and poetological artistry. The course will delve through a variety of ground-breaking scholarship on the poem, and students will engage with at times fractious schools of thought on important interpretative issues. In addition to the Aeneid, due attention will be given to the tradition in which Vergil was writing (Ennius especially) and to his successors (especially Lucas, Silius Italicus, and Claudian).
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 then the prerequisite should consider taking either Latin 2A/2B.
|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)
3,000 word Essay (40%)
Book review (20%)
Linguistic and stylistic assessment (20%)
Two hour exam (20%)
||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|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate in essay and examination that they are acquainted with the principles of classical Latin epic, and with the literary, aesthetic and ideological nature of that poetry;
- demonstrate in essay and examination that they have read in Latin an extensive prescription of classical epic poetry, with due attention to linguistic and stylistic detail, and literary technique;
- demonstrate in essay and examination that they are able to discuss critically interpretative issues which arise from the texts and from a range of scholarship.
|F. Cairns, Vergil's Augustan Epic (Cambridge 1988) |
W.A. Camps, An Introduction to Vergil's Aeneid (Oxford 1969)
S. Commager (ed.) Vergil: A Collection of Critical Essays (New Jersey 1966)
S. Farrall, Vergil's Aeneid: A poem of Grief and Love (Leiden 1993)
J. Farrell & M.C.J. Putnam (edd.). A companion to Vergil's Aeneid and its tradition. Blackwell companions to the ancient world. Literature and culture. (Chichester; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
J. Griffin, Vergil (Oxford 1986)
P. Hardie, Vergil (G&R New Survey in the Classics no. 28) 1998
P. Hardie, Vergil; Critical Assessments of Classical Authors (London 1999)
S. Harrison (ed) Oxford Readings in Vergil's Aeneid (Oxford 1990)
R. Heinze, Vergil's Epic Technique (Bristol)
N. Horsfall (ed.), Companion to the Study of Vergil (Mnemosyne Supp. 151) (Leiden 1995)
R.O.A.M. Lyne, Words and the Poet; Characteristic Techniques of Style in Vergil's Aeneid (Oxford 1989)
|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 Chiara Blanco
Tel: (0131 6)50 4620
|Course secretary||Miss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501