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We will read (in English translation) what are arguably the most influential texts of world literature, and among the most exciting tales ever told. We begin in ancient Greece with Homer’s two contrasting epics—the Iliad’s dark vision of human mortality, and the Odyssey’s meditation on the enchantment of story-telling. Moving to classical Rome, we shall see how Virgil transformed the genre into a monument to imperial power, and how it is thrown into disarray by Ovid’s fantastical and irreverent epic of endless change. We end with Lucan’s magnificent lament for lost freedom in a tyrannical age.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: Essay 1: 2500 words (45%) Essay 2: 2500 words (45%) SAM: 10% Resit: For honours students only: candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit a new essay.
Oral feedback in seminars; written feedback via essay cover-sheets and SAM sheets.