Women in Ancient Literature

Course code AHIS3600
Not available in 2015

Description

Examines the representation of women in Greek and Roman literature. Topics will include the portrayal of mythical and legendary women as well as historical personages. Some attention will be given to visual representation as well.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. As a result of participating in this course, students will demonstrate: the provision of an understanding of the literary representation of female figures (mythical, legendary and historical) in the works of Greek and Roman writers.

2. As a result of participating in this course, students will demonstrate: the development of an appreciation of this tradition and its evolution by a focus on individual writers; social and cultural specificities; gender issues related to authorship; related modern criticism (including feminist critique) of the given areas.

3. As a result of participating in this course, students will demonstrate: the promotion of linkages and influences on later literary and cultural environments.

Content

The course will begin with an examination of female figures in the earliest extant literature of the ancient world, the epics of Homer, and will proceed to examine later works such as Hesiod's 'Theogony', which mark the beginning of the more negative representation of women in the Greek literary tradition. After an examination of the Greek world, students will be introduced to Roman writers such as the early comic playwrights, Plautus and Terence, through to the late republican and early imperial writers such as Catullus and Ovid. Attention will be given to what remains of female authors such as Sappho and Sulpicia.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units of either Classical Civilisation at First Year Level and/or English or History.

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper

In Term Test: Text analysis test

Journal: Journal Project

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term