Classical Language and Texts: Latin V: Epic (CLA3251)
|Staff||Dr Sharon Marshall - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||CLA2254 Classical Language and Texts: Latin IV (or equivalent).|
|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 Roman epic by close study of selected Latin texts.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate knowledge of all set texts in Latin
- 2. Translate and provide independent, sophisticated literary commentary on Latin texts
- 3. Demonstrate knowledge of whole poems (in translation) from which set texts are taken
- 4. Develop a broad understanding of the nature of the epic genre and its development
- 5. Develop a sensitivity to Latin language
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 6. Engage in literary criticism and analysis
- 7. Gain confidence in the reading of literature
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 8. Develop independent research skills, skills in construction and organisation of arguments, confidence and clarity in oral and written communication
Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:
Term 1: Lucan and the epic tradition
Term 2: Lucan in the Neronian context
Two-hour seminars consisting of detailed whole-group discussions of specified passages of set text prepared in advance by students; brief student presentations on background topics and themes researched outside class; discussion and criticism of secondary material. You read all of set texts in Latin in your own time as well as secondary material, but class work should provide a guide as to how these should be tackled, and a forum in which questions arising from their own work may be addressed.
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||44||1 x 2 hour seminar per week|
|Guided independent study||256||Independent study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Language work||Weekly||1-8||Written/Oral feedback|
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||1-8||Mark and written or oral comments|
|Annotated passage||20||2000 words||1-8||Mark, written comments, and oral feedback session|
|Essay 2||20||3000 words||1-8||Mark, written comments, and oral 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|
|Annotated passage||Annotated passage||1-8||Referral/Deferral period|
|Essay 2||Essay||1-8||Referral/Deferral period|
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
- Lucan, A Lucan Reader: Selections from Civil War. Ed. Susanna Braund. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2009.
Additional set texts to be provided.
- Toohey, P. Reading Epic (London, 1992).
- Boyle, A.J. (ed.) Roman Epic (London and New York, 1993).
- Hardie, P. The Epic Successors of Virgil (Cambridge, 1992).
- Henderson, J. 'Lucan/The Word at War' in A. J. Boyle (ed.) The Imperial Muse (Bentleigh, 1990).
- Ahl, F. Lucan: An Introduction (Ithaca 1976).
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Key words search
Classics, Latin, Language, Text, Epic