Ancient World: Roman Philosophy (CLA1508)

StaffDr Gabriele Galluzzo - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

  • This module provides an introduction into Roman Philosophy. It is concerned with Hellenistic and Roman thinking on fundamental issues about human values and happiness, mind and body, death and nature. You will learn how to use and analyse Hellenistic and Roman philosophical texts and modern scholarly discussions as sources for understanding Roman philosophy.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. You should, with guidance, be able to describe and evaluate a number of key features of Roman philosophy
  • 2. You should also have assimilated a basic understanding of some important texts by Lucretius, Cicero and Epictetus, together with selected readings on Hellenistic philosophy
  • 3. You should also, with guidance, be able to use the sources to examine a set of key issues and debates in Roman philosophy

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. You should be able to use, analyse and evaluate Hellenistic and Roman philosophical texts as historical sources
  • 5. You should also develop basic academic and library skills as well as a critical ability in assessing published literature on selected texts in Hellenistic and Roman philosophy

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. You should demonstrate independent and group study skills in guided research and presentation of findings
  • 7. You should also be able to select and organise relevant material and to present this in connected oral and written form, and to discuss issues in a peer group
  • 8. You should be able to manage their own time and meet deadlines

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction to Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy
  • Epicureanism: Lucretius on Death, Body and Soul: Nature and Human Civilisation
  • Stoicism: Cicero on Ethics and Social Commitment
  • Epicureanism and Stoicism on Nature and the Gods
  • Marcus Aurelius: Stoic Ethical Reflection as a basis for meeting life's challenges

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
271230

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching2211 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching55 x 1 hour seminars
Guided independent study123Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral presentation5-10 minutes1-8Oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
30700

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay302000 words1-8Mark and written feedback
Exam702 hours1-8Mark and written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-8Referral/Deferral period
ExaminationExamination1-8Referral/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

Primary reading (note that this is an indicative list only, and the reading list for the current year can be found on ELE):

  • Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, trans. M. F. Smith (Hackett)
  • Cicero, Selected Works (Penguin Classics), esp. On Duties 3.
  • Cicero, The Nature of the Gods , trans. P. G. Walsh (World’s Classics)
  • Marcus Aurelius,  Meditations , trans. R. Hard, ed. C. Gill (World’s Classics)

Also, Long, A. A. and Sedley, D. N., The Hellenistic Philosophers, vol. 1: extracts, which can be found on the ELE page.

Secondary Reading (introductory):

  • Morford, M. The Roman Philosophers (Routledge)
  • O’Keefe, Tim, Epicureanism (Acumen)
  • Sedley, D. (ed), Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy (Cambridge University Press)
  • Sellars, J. Stoicism (Acumen Press)

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

26/02/2016

Last revision date

14/11/2018

Key words search

Rome, Philosophy, Epicureanism, Stoicism, Cicero, Lucretius, Marcus Aurelius