Greek and Roman Epic

Course code AHIS3310Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Studies the genre of Epic and the major writers of Epic in the Greek and Roman worlds. The main works considered are the Odyssey and Iliad of Homer, the Argonautica of Apollonius, the Aeneid of Vergil, and the Metamorphoses of Ovid. Attention will also be paid to minor epic and the genre of epyllion. All works will be studied in translation.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Objectives1. Knowledge of the genre of Epic and the major writers of Epic in the Greek and Roman worlds

1.1 To offer students a sound, discipline-based study of Greek and Roman Epic

1.2 To foster an interest in the course and its components: the origin and nature of the genre of epic in the Greek world and its adaptation to the world of Rome; the artistic and literary achievement of Homer, his impact on the development of story-telling and performance; the writers who followed and their thematic concerns; the influence of Epic upon subsequent literature at Rome

2. Appreciation of the influence of Greek and Roman Epic in subsequent literary history

2.1 To establish and develop connections between Greek and Roman Epic and other courses taught within the field of humanities

2.2 To encourage and strengthen linkages between the artistic and cultural worlds of ancient Greece and Rome and the literary, historical and social environments of Western society

3. The Development of Communication Skills

3.1 Oral communication

3.2 Written communication

3.3 Electronic communication

4. Research Development

4.1 Independent research skills

4.2 An ability to communicate the products of research in a clear, concise and analytical manner
ContentAn Introduction to the Course: Aims, Teaching Methodology, Difficulties in dealing with the genre of Epic

The origin and nature of Epic and its development in the Greek world

Homer: Odyssey and Iliad

Apollonius of Rhodes; Argonautica

The impact of Greek literature and culture upon Rome in the 3rd Century BC; Hellenism and the epyllion; Catullus, Vergil: Aeneid

Ovid: Metamorphoses

The importance of Epic in the literature of antiquity: an overview
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units at any level in Ancient History or History or English
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne tutorial paper or equivalent task = 30% (1000-1250 words)- due mid semester
One essay or equivalent task = 40% (2000-2250 words) - due end semester One critical commentary or equivalent task = 30% (1250 words) - due end semester
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for AHIS3310