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Undergraduate Course: Latin Satire (LATI10004)

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
SummarySatire is an entertaining, provocative, and powerful literary genre that the Romans claimed as their own invention. Horace (65 BC-AD 8), Persius (AD 34-62), Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC - AD 65), and Juvenal (ca. AD 60-130s) will be read in Latin with due consideration to genre, literary technique, and ideology. Themes of satire, and so of this course, include society, morality, class, politics, authority, freedom of speech, patronage, literature, food, sex, and obscenity.
Course description The satiric texts studied in this course will include selections (usually complete books) from Horace, Persius, Seneca (Apocolocyntosis) and Juvenal. The teaching programme is broadly divided into two phases: the first will introduce the satirists in chronological order, examining in each case what and when they wrote, and looking at what the satirists themselves say about their genre; the second part of the course will focus on a number of themes common to each of the satirists. Within this structure, through lectures and seminars, students will (i) focus on satiric language and style, convention and literary technique; (ii) practise literary-critical methodologies of use in the study of satire; (iii) combine close analysis of the texts with discussion of wider themes and contexts. The following eleven-week schedule (which may change according to the interests of the lecturer) will give an indication of the shape of the course in any given year:

Week 1: Introduction: the origins of Roman Satire; approaches to satire ancient and modern
Week 2: Horace: text & context; programmatic satire
Week 3: Persius: text & context; programmatic satire
Week 4: Seneca: text & context; programmatic satire
Week 5: Juvenal: text & context; programmatic satire
Week 6: Satiric themes: class and patronage
Week 7: Satiric themes: gender and sexuality
Week 8: Satiric themes: town and country
Week 9: Satiric themes: philosophy and food
Week 10: Satiric themes: epic parody
Week 11: Conclusion and overview
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 Students MUST NOT also be taking Roman Satire (CLTR10020)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs Copy of the prescribed text/s.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAdvanced-level ability in Latin language and literature, equivalent to two years' study at the University of Edinburgh (if uncertain, consult the course organiser).
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
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:
3000 word essay (40%)

Two hour exam (60%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An ability to show, through written coursework assignments and class participation, knowledge of the principal features of Latin Satire (specifically its authors and texts; language and style; origins and development; conventions and themes; generic identity; literary, philosophical and historical contexts);
  2. An ability to show, through written coursework assignments and class participation, skills in translation and critical commentary on passages selected with a degree of unpredictability, and to relate these to the wider literary and historical framework;
  3. An ability to show, through written coursework assignments and class participation, command of the principal approaches to Latin Satire, and understanding of how these have developed over time (e.g., literary-critical, 'new historical', gendered, intertextual);
  4. An ability to show, through written coursework assignments and class participation, detailed knowledge of how Latin Satire reflects the contexts (especially literary, philosophical, social and political) in which it was produced;
  5. An ability to apply, in written coursework assignments and class participation, suitable specialist methodologies to reading Latin Satire, and to evolve coherent and well-researched written and oral interpretations of the text on topics chosen with a degree of unpredictability.
Reading List
Braund, S.H. (1996) The Roman Satirists and their Masks. Bristol.
Braund, S.H. (1996) Juvenal Satires Book I. Cambridge.
Coffey, M. (1976) Roman Satire. London, NY.
Freudenburg, K. (2001) Satires of Rome: Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal. Cambridge.
Freudenburg, K. (ed.) (2005) The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire. Cambridge.
Gowers, E. (2012) Horace. Satires. Book 1. Cambridge.
Hutchinson, G.O. (1993) Latin Literature from Seneca to Juvenal: a Critical Study. Oxford.
Keane, C. (2006) Figuring Genre in Roman Satire. Oxford.
Morgan, Ll. (2005) 'Satire' in S.J. Harrison (ed.) A Companion to Latin Literature. Blackwell. 174-88.
Quintero, R. (2007) (ed.) A Companion to Satire Ancient and Modern. Blackwell: Malden & Oxford.
Richlin, A. (1992) The Garden of Priapus. NY, Oxford.
Rosen, R.M. (2007) Making Mockery: The Poetics of Ancient Satire. 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.
KeywordsLatin Satire
Course organiserDr Donncha O'Rourke
Tel: (0131 6)50 3771
Course secretary
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