Cultural Transformations in Late Antiquity (CLAM104)
|Staff||Dr Richard Flower - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module will give students the opportunity to engage closely with important texts from late antiquity, including many with which they were probably previously unfamiliar. It will help students to think about the subtleties of change and continuity during this period through a nuanced exploration of both the literary products that were created and also the competing influences and concerns that contributed to their formation. This format will therefore allow the students to marry the ‘historical’ and the ‘literary’ in their analysis of the ancient material.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Knowledge and critical analysis of a range of different forms and examples of literature from late antiquity.
- 2. A broader understanding of the history and culture of this period and the ways in which it has been interpreted.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Development of skills in reading and interpreting sophisticated classical texts and placing them within a historical context.
- 4. Comprehension of the impact of radical redefinitions of ideologies on social and political discourse and behaviour.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. Development of analytical close-reading skills of different types of text and identification and pursuit of the implications of their most significant characteristics within their cultural context.
- 6. Ability to present ideas within a clear and focused discussion of a particular topic, combining detailed discussion of a particular theme/issue with an awareness of modern scholarly debate and interpretations.
Each of the five two-hour seminars will cover a different genre (or genres) of literature, with particular texts being explored in each of the five one-hour reading groups. The students will be introduced to histories and chronicles (both ‘religious’ and ’secular’); biographies and hagiographies; panegyrics, invectives and heresiologies; law codes and compilations; and a variety of different poetic innovations (including rewritings of Homer and Virgil in centos).
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||Intensive seminar and reading group teaching|
|Guided independent study||135||Students working independently & in groups in preparation for seminars and essays|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Close study of primary texts and images and of secondary material both individually outside class and in class; whole group discussions and debates arising from these and designed to address issues more broadly||1-5||Oral feedback in seminars; further discussion in office hours, if required.|
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||1-6||mark; written and oral comment|
|Oral Presentation||20||15-20 mins||1-6||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|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
P. Rousseau (ed.), A Companion to Late Antiquity, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
S. Johnson (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, OUP, 2012.
C. Kelly, R. Flower and M. S. Williams (edd.), Unclassical Traditions, Volume I and II, Cambridge Philological Society, 2010-2011.
M. Whitby (ed.), The Propaganda of Power: The Role of Panegyric in Late Antiquity, Brill, 1998.
R. Rees (ed.), Latin Panegyric, OUP, 2012.
J. Harries and I. Wood (edd.), The Theodosian Code: Studies in the Imperial Law of Late Antiquity, Duckworth, 1993 (2nd edn, 2010).
S. McGill, Virgil Recomposed: The Mythological and Secular Centos in Antiquity, OUP, 2005.
T. Hägg and P. Rousseau (edd.), Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity, California UP, 2000.
J. Howard-Johnston and P. A. Hayward (edd.), The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, OUP, 1999.
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