Hellenistic Culture and Society - Literature (CLAM103)
|Staff||Daniel King - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
The module aims to provide a framework for critical discussion of major literary and cultural themes in the post-Classical period, extending from Alexander the Great to a Hellenistic World under Roman dominance.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Develop an understanding and appreciation of the qualities of our written and material evidence for the Hellenistic and Romano-Greek worlds.
- 2. Work critically with literary and documentary evidence, and to use them in effective combination as a tool of historical analysis and reconstruction.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Collate and analyse widely different types of evidence, much of which is incomplete and ambiguous in its significance; to draw independent inferences about the relationship of myth to its cultural and historical context; to reflect critically on the origins, development and significance of traditional stories in one's own and another culture.
- 4. Draw independent inferences about the relationship of myth to its cultural and historical context;
- 5. Reflect critically on the origins, development and significance of traditional stories in one's own and another culture.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Apply key bibliographical skills and the latest forms of information retrieval, as well as word-processing skills.
- 7. Think autonomously and analytically on the basis of written and visual sources and secondary literature; to construct and defend a sustained argument (both in written form and orally);
- 8. Work with instructor and peers in an independent, constructive and responsive way
An indicative list of topics is:
1. The Mouseion at Alexandria; libraries and the literary archive
2. Callimachus the scholar-poet
3. Alexandrian epic
4. Theocritus and pastoral poetry 5. Herodas’ Mimiambs.
The structure of the module will be confirmed by the tutor.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||15 hours||Intensive Seminar and reading group teaching|
|Guided independent study||135 hours||Students working independently & in groups in preparation for seminars and essays|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||80||4000 words||1-8||mark; written and oral comment|
|Oral Presentation||20||15-20 mins||1-5, 7-8||mark; written and oral comment|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Presentation||Essay||1-5, 7-8||Refer/Defer period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
All texts to be confirmed by tutor.
M. M. Austin, The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the Roman Conquest [sources in translation], second ed, 2006 [The first 1981 edition is excellent, however, since the numbering for the enlarged second edition was changed you really should work with the 2006 texts; there is also a useful concordance at the back of the volume]
G. R. Bugh, the Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World, 2006.
A. Erskine (ed.) Blackwell Companion to the Hellenistic World, 2003.
E.S. Gruen, The Hellenistic Kingdoms and the Coming of Rome (Berkeley, 1984).
K. Gutzwiller, A guide to Hellenistic literature (Oxford, 2007).
J. Ma, Antiochos III and the cities of Western Asia Minor, 1999 [there is an addendum in the 2002 paperback edition]
M.I. Rostovtzeff, Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic world (Oxford, 1941).
G. Shipley, The Greek World after Alexander 323-30 BC, 2000.
R.J. A. Talbert, the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman world (Princeton, 2000).
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Hellenistic, Alexander the Great