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Undergraduate Course: Poetry and Culture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (CLTR10024)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe literature of late antiquity reveals a culture in transition. This course studies a series of texts from late antiquity within their various historical contexts.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008)
Prohibited Combinations 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-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an understanding of where a given text fits within the long history of Latin literature
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an understanding of how to describe individual texts and authors within their historical, social, and material contexts
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an understanding of how to discuss later Latin literature in a comprehensive way
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an understanding of how to analyse long-term changes in literary traditions
Reading List
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]
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Course organiserDr Aaron Pelttari
Tel: (0131 6)51 3004
Course secretaryMrs Ksenia Gorlatova
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349
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