Neronian Literature and Society (CLA3018)
|Staff||Dr Katharine Earnshaw - |
|Pre-requisites||The successful completion of at least 90 credits at Level 2, 30 credits of which must be in Classics & Ancient History.|
|Co-requisites||This module cannot be taken if the student is also taking CLA3251 Classical Language and Texts: Latin V.|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
By considering a wide range of literary evidence relating to the Neronian period the teaching programme aims to provide a framework within which students are encouraged to address key questions regarding the relationship between literature and history in one society. What is the relationship between different works of literature and the political culture in which they are composed? Do texts inevitably reflect the dominant ideology of the period? Or do they reveal points of anxiety and dissent? In a society in which free speech can prove fatal, how far is political argument displaced, transferred to the literary sphere?
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Read critically, remember and comment on the set texts.
- 2. Through reference to the set texts, discuss both orally and in written form the major issues and ideological themes relating to the social, political and cultural life of Rome during the lifetime of Nero
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Empathise with the conceptual and ideological basis of an unfamiliar society
- 4. Demonstrate an increased sophistication in the use of the texts and narratives generated in a particular society as sources for the study of the history and culture of that society
- 5. Engage with and debate the relationship between the composition of literature and the society within which it is created
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Show developed skills in reading disparate material critically
- 7. Demonstrate the ability to work independently and in small groups to formulate, construct and defend arguments (both in written form and orally), and the ability to draw on a body of knowledge in order to respond to the arguments of others (both written and oral).
Semester 1: Tacitus, Suetonius, Seneca.
Semester 2: Lucan, Petronius
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||Seminars (1 x 2 hour per week)|
|Guided independent study||256||Independent 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|
|Essay 1||25||3000 words||1-7||Mark and written feedback|
|Essay 2||25||3000 words||1-7||Mark and written feedback|
|Exam||50||3 hours||1-7||Mark and written feedback|
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||Essay||1-7||August refer/defer period|
|Exam||Exam||1-7||August refer/defer period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Tacitus, The Annals (trans. J.C. Yardley, Oxford World’s Classics paperback), especially books 11-16
Tacitus, Dialogue on the Orators
Suetonius, Life of Nero
Seneca Letters from a Stoic
Seneca De Clementia
Seneca, Six Tragedies (trans. E. Wilson, Oxford World’s Classics paperback)
pseudo-Seneca, Octavia (Penguin Classics: Four Tragedies and Octavia)
Lucan, Pharsalia (trans. S. Braund, Oxford World’s Classics paperback)
Petronius, Satyricon (trans. P.G. Walsh, World's Classics, Oxford U.P. paperback)
Seneca, Apocolocyntosis (Cambridge U.P.) ed. P.T. Eden 2.
Buckley, E. and Dinter, M. (eds.) A Companion to the Age of Nero, (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World), Chichester.
Ahl. A. (1976) Lucan: An Introduction, Cornell U.P.
Bartsch, S. (1997) Ideology in Cold Blood; A Reading of Lucan's Civil War, Camb. Mass.
Elsner, J. & J. Masters (eds.) (1994) Reflections of Nero: culture, history and representation, London.
Gill, C. (1973) The Sexual Episodes in the Satyricon, CP 68, 172-185.
Griffin, M. (1984) Nero: The End of a Dynasty, Batsford, 1984.
Griffin, M. (1976) Seneca: A Philosopher in Politics, Oxford.
Martin, R. (1994) Tacitus, Bristol Classical Press.
Schiesaro, A. (2003), The Passions in Play, Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama, Cambridge.
Slater, N. (1990) Reading Petronius, Baltimore.
Wallace-Hadrill. A. (1993) Suetonius: The Scholar and his Caesar, Duckworth.
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Classics, Latin, Nero, Literature