Classical Language and Texts: Latin V: Epic (CLA3251)

StaffDr Sharon Marshall - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCLA2254 Classical Language and Texts: Latin IV (or equivalent).
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

  • The module aims to produce advanced understanding of the language, style and significance of Roman epic by close study of selected Latin texts.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge of all set texts in Latin
  • 2. Translate and provide independent, sophisticated literary commentary on Latin texts
  • 3. Demonstrate knowledge of whole poems (in translation) from which set texts are taken
  • 4. Develop a broad understanding of the nature of the epic genre and its development
  • 5. Develop a sensitivity to Latin language

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Engage in literary criticism and analysis
  • 7. Gain confidence in the reading of literature

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Develop independent research skills, skills in construction and organisation of arguments, confidence and clarity in oral and written communication

Syllabus plan

Term 1: Lucan and the epic tradition

Term 2: Lucan in the Neronian context

Two-hour seminars consisting of detailed whole-group discussions of specified passages of set text prepared in advance by students; brief student presentations on background topics and themes researched outside class; discussion and criticism of secondary material. You read all of set texts in Latin in your own time as well as secondary material, but class work should provide a guide as to how these should be tackled, and a forum in which questions arising from their own work may be addressed.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
442560

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching441 x 2 hour seminar per week
Guided independent study256Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language workWeekly1-8Written/Verbal feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
40600

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination603 hours1-8Mark and written or verbal comments
Annotated passage202000 words1-8Mark, written comments, and verbal feedback session
Essay 2203000 words1-8Mark, written comments, and verbal feedback session

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1-8Referral/Deferral period
Annotated passageAnnotated passage1-8Referral/Deferral period
Essay 2Essay1-8Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Set text:

  • Lucan, A Lucan Reader: Selections from Civil War. Ed. Susanna Braund. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2009.

Additional set texts to be provided.

Further reading:

  • Toohey, P. Reading Epic (London, 1992).
  • Boyle, A.J. (ed.) Roman Epic (London and New York, 1993).
  • Hardie, P. The Epic Successors of Virgil (Cambridge, 1992).
  • Henderson, J. 'Lucan/The Word at War' in A. J. Boyle (ed.) The Imperial Muse (Bentleigh, 1990).
  • Ahl, F. Lucan: An Introduction (Ithaca 1976).

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2011

Last revision date

27/11/2018

Key words search

Classics, Latin, Language, Text, Epic