Latin Epic (CLAM012A)

StaffDr Sharon Marshall - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level7
Pre-requisitesCLA2254 Classical Language and Texts: Latin IV (or equivalent).
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. Students read all of set texts in Latin in their 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

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities44Seminars (1 x 2 hours 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

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Exam603 hours1-8Mark and written or verbal comments
Annotated passage202000 words1-8Mark, written comments, and verbal feedback session
Essay203000 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
Exam603 hoursAugust ref/def period
Annotated passageAnnotated passage1-8August ref/def period
EssayEssay1-8August ref/def period

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)

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Classics, Latin, Language, Text, Epic