Greek Tragedy (CLAM009)
|Staff||Professor Matthew Wright - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||Those of entry to the MA programme|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
The module aims to produce advanced understanding of the language, style and significance of Greek tragedy by close study of selected plays. The plays are chosen from the three extant fifth-century tragedians.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the language, style and content of the plays studied
- 2. describe in detail and provide an advanced analysis of the form and significance of the genre of Greek tragedy
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. demonstrate advanced linguistic mastery of ancient Greek
- 4. enhanced critical and interpretative skills
- 5. the ability to locate literary texts in their cultural context
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. show a capacity for sustained independent analysis of literary texts in a foreign (ancient) language
- 7. capacity to discuss the content and form of these texts with peers and instructor
22 two-hour seminars, with instructor and students exploring closely the Greek texts and their significance. Seminars focused on key passages throughout plays, with instructor and students sharing in translation, interpretation and discussion.
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 and teaching activities||44||22 x 2 hour seminars|
|Guided independent study||256||Private study|
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|
|Examination||60||3 hours||1-7||Mark and written or verbal comments|
|Essay 1||20||3000 word||1-7||Mark, written comments and verbal feedback session|
|Essay 2||20||3000 word||1-7||Mark, written comments and verbal feedback session|
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|
|Essay 1||Essay 1||1-7||Ref/def period|
|Essay 2||Essay 2||1-7||Ref/def period|
Normally by exam and/or coursework essays
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
1. Prescribed texts:
D. Raeburn and O. Thomas (eds.), The Agamemnonof Aeschylus (Oxford University Press, 2011).
R.D. Dawe (ed.), Oedipus Rex: Revised Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2006).
C.W. Willink (ed.), Euripides: Orestes (Oxford University Press, 1986).
M. Heath, Aristotle: Poetics (Penguin Classics, 1996: this text will be studied mainly in English translation).
A detailed reading plan and secondary bibliography will be supplied by the module lecturer.
2. Selected further reading
The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (ed. P.E.Easterling, Cambridge 1997)
E. Csapo and W. Slater, The Context of Ancient Drama (Ann Arbor, 1995).
P. Easterling (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge, 1997).
A. Markantonatos (ed.), Brill's Companion to Sophocles (Leiden, 2012).
J. Mossman (ed.), Oxford Readings in Euripides (Oxford, 2003).
R. Rutherford, Greek Tragic Style (Cambridge, 2012).
M.E. Wright, Euripides: Orestes (London, 2008).
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Key words search
Greek texts, Greek plays, Greek, Tragedy