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Undergraduate Course: Later Latin Poetry (LATI10046)

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 class investigates how Latin poetry changed over time. Texts, authors, and genres from c. 300-600 CE will be the normal focus of teaching, with a goal of studying the historical development of Latin literature between Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
Course description This course will focus on three short epics written around the turn of the fourth century c.e., the Mosella of Ausonius, the De raptu Proserpinae of Claudian, and the Alethia of Claudius Marius Victorius (Praefatio and book 2). The first features extensive praise of a tributary of the Rhine River; the second is often called the last mythological epic in Latin Antiquity; and the third is a brilliant example of scriptural epic. Particular attention will be paid to the historical development of Latin poetry, to the circumstances of these texts, to the poets' practices of intertextuality, and to questions of why and how poetry mattered in Late Antiquity.

Key skills developed will include the proper use of scholarly instruments (especially the TLL and databases), academic writing, presenting complex ideas, and evaluating previous literary interpretations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Latin 2B (LATI08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is available to students who have progressed to Honours.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses 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.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  17
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
One translation and/or gobbet test under timed conditions (15%)
Long exercise of 3,500 words (35%)

Two-hour exam (50%)
Feedback Students are expected to discuss their coursework (longer essay) with the Course Organiser at least once prior to submission, and are encouraged to do so more often. Meetings can take place with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment. Students will also receive feedback on all of their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser.
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 command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Cameron, A. (1970), Claudian: Poetry and Propaganda at the court of Honorius, Oxford.

Coombe, C. (2018), Claudian the Poet, Cambridge.

Green, R.P.H. (1991), ed., The Works of Ausonius, Oxford.

Gruzelier, C. (1993), ed., Claudian: De raptu Proserpinae, Oxford.

Hall, J. B. (1969), ed., Claudian: De raptu Proserpinae, Cambridge.

Hardie, P. (2019),Classicism and Christianity in Late Antique Latin Poetry, Oakland, CA.

Horvingh, P. F. (1960), ed., Commodianus, Cl., Marius Victorius: Instructiones, Carmen de duo populis, Alethia, Turnhout.

Kuhn-Treichel, T. (2018), ed. and trans., Claudius Marius Victorius: Alethia, Freiburg.

Pelttari, A. (2014), The Space That Remains, Ithaca, NY.

Nodes, D. J. (1993) Doctrine and Exegesis in Biblical Latin Poetry, Leeds.

Roberts, M. (1985) Biblical Epic And Rhetorical Paraphrase In Late Antiquity, Leeds.

Roberts, M. (1989), The Jeweled Style, Ithaca, NY.

Ware, C. (2012), Claudian and the Roman Epic Tradition, Cambridge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The ability to read texts carefully and in context;
Critical thinking based on their understanding of a different culture and literature;
The ability to read at length with discernment;
Written and verbal communication skills;
The ability to appreciate the creativity of literary texts;
The ability to discern how Classics can and should be read.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Aaron Pelttari
Tel: (0131 6)51 3004
Course secretaryMiss Claire Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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