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Postgraduate Course: Byzantine Text Seminar 1 (PGHC11431)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course offers the study of Byzantine literature through detailed study of a single text or a corpus of texts in the original Greek. The course will cover issues of translation; textual criticism and textual transmission including manuscript studies; literary mimesis and intertextuality; dating and authorship; genre and historical context. The texts to be studied for the 2016/17 outing of this course, e.g., late Byzantine hagiography, will be agreed with participants towards the end of semester 1 before the course begins in January.
Course description The Byzantine Text Seminar focuses on a single text, or corpus of texts, from the Byzantine millennium in a multi-disciplinary fashion: texts will be examined from the point of view of textual and historical elucidation, and textual and literary criticism. The authors and genres to be studied will vary from term to term. Participants are given exposure to sources in the original as well as relevant secondary literature, become familiarised with the appropriate critical approaches to the genre in question, and will gain experience of working with Byzantine sources of different genres and from different periods of Byzantine history competently and independently. They will be able to apply these skills in their own future work on Byzantine literature and/or history.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a detailed and critical command of a selected text or selected texts of Byzantine Greek rhetoric/literature and an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of these texts
  2. analyse and reflect critically upon the primary source material at the core of this class, relevant scholarship concerning this source material, and conceptual discussions about Byzantine literary history
  3. understand and apply specialised research skills, techniques and practices considered in the course, including textual criticism/manuscript studies, rhetorical analysis, or current literary criticism
  4. develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
  5. demonstrate originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy
Reading List
There is no fixed reading list as the course content i.e. the studied text/s will change with each outing of the course.
Course supervisors will determine the set text or texts before each course outing, as well as the relevant specific secondary course bibliography.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Niels Gaul
Tel: (0131 6)50 3776
Course secretaryMiss Danielle Jeffery
Tel: (0131 6)50 7128
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