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Undergraduate Course: Greek Literature of the Roman Empire (GREE10029)

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
SummaryThis course examines two central and representative Greek prose texts of the early Imperial period, both broadly part of the novel genre in Greek. Both texts are read closely in Greek, with attention duly paid to generic and literary affiliations and conventions.
Course description This course will examine Greek literature of the period commonly termed the Second Sophistic. Two prose texts will be read in depth: Longus' pastoral novel 'Daphnis and Chloe', which describes two young rustics and their quest to consummate their love, and Lucian's satirical 'The True Histories', one of the first works of science fiction. The course will set these texts within the cultural and literary phenomena which characterise the early Imperial period, and will discuss them according to the characteristics of their respective genres, with particular attention paid to the rhetorical and philosophical aspects of the texts and their allusive play with literary predecessors, and close attention given to narrative structure and prose style and diction.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Greek 2A (GREE08007) OR Greek 2a Ex-Beginners (GREE08009)) AND Greek 2B (GREE08008)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking The Ancient Novel (CLTR10001)
Other requirements A pass in Greek 2A (or Greek 2a Ex-Beginners) and Greek 2B, with an average of 50% or above in the two courses combined.
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 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, but Elementary or Intermediate Greek courses will not count. Students beyond Intermediate level but with less Greek than the prerequisite should consider either Greek 2A/2B.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: one Essay of c. 3000 words - 40%;
Degree Examination: one 2-hour paper - 60%.

1st Semester-only Visiting Student (VV1) variant assessment:
One Essay of c. 3,000 words - 40%;
Subject-Area administered Exam/Exercise in lieu of Degree Examination - 60%.
Feedback 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.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate (in the essay and exam) a clear knowledge of the language and style, and the generic affiliations and inheritance of Greek prose works of the Roman Imperial period as evident in the works of Longus and Lucian;
  2. show a clear awareness of the main literary, cultural and rhetorical phenomena and innovations which mark literature of the so-called Second Sophistic;
  3. discuss allusions to literary, cultural and philosophical predecessors in the works of Longus and Lucian;
  4. write a sound, well-researched and clearly argued essay on aspects of the primary literature studied.
Reading List
Clay, D. (2021) Lucian, True History. Introduction, Text, Translation, and Commentary, Edited by James H. Brusuelas. Oxford: OUP.
Bowie, E. (2019) Longus. Daphnis and Chloe: Cambridge: CUP.

Further reading:
Holzberg, N. (1994) The Ancient Novel: An Introduction. London: Routledge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsGreek Literature of the Roman Empire
Course organiserDr Calum MacIver
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Perry
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