The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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


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