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Undergraduate Course: Neronian and Flavian Verse (LATI10036)

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
SummaryIn this course students read in detail two texts from the Neronian and Flavian periods, usually Seneca's Thyestes and Statius' Achilleid. The texts are analysed within their cultural and literary contexts and against their intertextual heritage.
Course description This course will examine two of the most brilliant authors of the Neronian and Flavian periods: respectively, Seneca the Younger, and Statius. Two key verse texts from these periods will be read, a tragedy of Seneca (typically, but not restricted to, Seneca Hercules Furens and Valerius Flaccus Argonautica (Book 3)), and Statius' unfinished, subversive epic masterpiece, the Achilleid. The texts will be studied in relation to literary tradition, in their intertextual position as post-Vergilian works, and according to the generic affiliations which the authors promote (for example, Roman tragedy as a re-evaluation of Greek tragedy, and Statius' epic as a reception of Homeric, Alexandrian, and Augustan epic aesthetics).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Latin 2A (LATI08011) OR Latin 2a Ex-Beginners (LATI08013)) AND Latin 2B (LATI08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Latin 2A (or Latin 2a Ex-Beginners) and Latin 2B should be passed with an average of 50% over the two courses.
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 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 or Intermediate Latin courses will not count.
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. deal independently with a wide-ranging body of information pertaining to the study of Latin Imperial poetry, digest, structure and comment on this information, in both coursework and examination;
  2. interpret texts in the original Latin, as demonstrated in the translation and analysis of set passages;
  3. demonstrate in coursework and examination a clear awareness of the main literary, cultural and rhetorical phenomena and innovations which mark literature of these eras.
Reading List
Boyle, A.J. (ed.) (1983) Seneca Tragicus: Ramus Essays on Senecan Drama, Victoria.
Damschen, G. and A. Heil (eds) 2014. Brill's Companion to Seneca: Philosopher and Dramatist, Leiden.
Fitch, J.G. (ed.) 2008. Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Seneca, Oxford.
Fitch, J.G. (ed.) 2004. Seneca: Oedipus, Agamemnon, Thyestes, edited and translated by John G. Fitch, Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, Loeb number 78.
Tarrant, R.J. (ed.) 1985. Seneca's Thyestes: Edited with Introduction and Commentary by R.J. Tarrant, Atlanta: American Philological Association.
Dilke, O.A.W. (ed.) 2005. Statius Achilleid: Edited with Introduction and Commentary by O.A.W. Dilke; New Introduction by Robert Cowan, Bristol Phoenix Press, Exeter.
Garrod, H.W. (ed.) 1906. Statii Thebais et Achilleis, Oxford.
Hall, J.B. (ed.) 2008. P. Papinius Statius. Volume 3: Thebaid and Achilleid. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Heslin, P.J. 2005. The Transvestite Achilles. Gender and Genre in Statius' Achilleid, Cambridge.
Shackleton Bailey, D.R. (ed.) 2003-4. Statius, Thebaid. Edited and translated. Vol. 1: Books 1-7. Vol. 2: Books 8-12. Achilleid. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, (Loeb Classical Library 207 & 498).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In addition to the ILOs described above, students will also demonstrate a number of transferable skills, such as

- reading skills of a high volume (i.e. the digestion of large quantities of textual material)
- general analytical skills
- written and verbal communication skills
- oral presentation and discussion skills
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 3582 in order for approval to be obtained.
KeywordsNeronian Flavian Verse
Course organiserDr Elaine Sanderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4620
Course secretaryMrs Ksenia Gorlatova
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349
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