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Undergraduate Course: Early Virgil (LATI10006)

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 will look at Vergil's early works, the Eclogues and the Georgics. The texts will be studied and analysed in detail and interpreted in their literary and historical contexts.
Course description Vergil's Eclogues and Georgics are both among the most canonical and the most surprising works of Latin literature. They will be read in their entirety (although certain passages of the Georgics may not be required for the exam). A particular focus of the course is the poems' relationship with literary models, above all Theocritus for the Eclogues, and a wider range of Greek and Latin poets, including Hesiod, Callimachus, and Lucretius, for the Georgics. The course therefore provides an introduction to the importance of imitatio as a cultural phenomenon in first-century BC Latin literature and to allusion and intertextuality as a critical approach to Latin literature: it is hence an excellent training for all Honours Latin and Greek literature courses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Latin 2A (LATI08011) OR Latin 2a Ex-Beginners (LATI08013)) AND Latin 2B (LATI08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should have achieved a Pass in Latin 2A (or Latin 2a Ex-Beginners) and in Latin 2B, with an average of 50% or above in the two courses combined.
Additional Costs Copies of prescribed texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAdvanced-level ability in Latin language and literature, equivalent to two years' study at the University of Edinburgh (two years' study at home universities may not be enough; if uncertain, consult the course organiser).
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, that they have read Vergil's Eclogues and Georgics in Latin and have a thorough knowledge of the language, style and content of the texts;
  2. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, that they are acquainted with the social and political background of Vergil's early poetry; of the workings of patronage and the production of literature in late Republican Rome;
  3. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, that they have an understanding of the literary and social conventions of Greek and Latin pastoral and didactic poetry;
  4. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, that they have an understanding of the workings of imitatio in Latin literature, and of intertextuality and allusion (among other themes) in modern literary criticism on Latin poetry.
Reading List
Vergil Eclogues, ed. R. Coleman (Cambridge, 1977)
Virgil Georgics, ed. R.F. Thomas (2 vols, Cambridge, 1988)

Du Quesnay, I. M. Le M. (1979) 'From Polyphemus to Corydon: Virgil, Eclogue 2, and the Idylls of Theocritus,' in D. West & A.J. Woodman, Creative Imitation and Latin Literature, Cambridge, 35-69 and 206-21
Farrell, J. (1991) Vergil's Georgics and the Traditions of Ancient Epic, New York
Gale, M.R. (2000) Virgil on the Nature of Things: The Georgics, Lucretius and the Didactic Tradition, Cambridge
Hardie, P.R. (1998) Virgil (Greece & Rome New Surveys in the Classics 28), Oxford
Hardie, P.R. , ed. (1999) Virgil: Critical Assessments of Classical Authors (London), vols 1 and 2
Hinds, S. (1998) Allusion and Intertext, Cambridge [allusion is central to this course]
Horsfall, N., ed. (1995) A Companion to the Study of Virgil, Leiden
Jenkyns, R., (1998) Virgil's Experience. Nature and history: times, names, and places, Oxford

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements 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.
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Course organiserDr Gavin Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3581
Course secretaryMrs Toni Wigglesworth
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580
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