Greek and Roman Epic

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. 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

2. 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. 3. The Development of Communication Skills 3.1 Oral communication 3.2 Written communication 3.3 Electronic communication

4. 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

Content

An 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

Assumed Knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History or English

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks