Greek and Roman Erotica

Course code AHIS3350Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines works of erotic literature produced from earliest Greek times down to the Age of Augustus. The course consists of an introductory treatment of eroticism; Homer and Greek writers of lyric and drama; the views of philosophers; treatment of homosexuality and lesbianism in literature; the main amatory writers of Rome, Catullus, Propertius, and Ovid. There will be some treatment of visual material by way of linkage to contemporary mores and values.

Not available in 2015

Objectives1. To extend the student's knowledge of a key area in which ancient Greece and Rome had a lasting effect on western literature, and showing the connections between literature, history, and society.

2. To develop the ability to critically and imaginatively read ancient literary texts in translation.

3. To encourage the accurate expression of one's informed critical responses to ancient texts.

4. To develop an understanding of the values that underlie poetic and prose texts, and of the need to approach them in a manner sympathetic to ancient Greek and Roman culture.
Content1. An Introduction to the Subject: Aims Teaching Methodology, Difficulties in dealing with the genre of Erotica. Some visual material will be treated.

2. Erotic themes in Greek literature from Homer to Plato.

3. Homosexual and Lesbian themes in literature.

4. The major writers of Erotica at Rome: Catullus, Propertius, and Ovid. Some visual material will be treated.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units at any level
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne Tutorial Paper or equivalent task, 25% (1000 words)
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne Essay or equivalent task, 40% (2000 words)
Other: (please specify)One Critical Commentary or equivalent task, 35% (1200 words)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks