CLAS 1004 - The Ancient World through Film
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code CLAS 1004 Course The Ancient World through Film Coordinating Unit Classics Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Course Description This course takes a selection of cinematic reconstructions of the ancient world, and uses them as a "gateway" through which we introduce students to key themes in the literature and history of Greece and Rome. As films such as The Odyssey (1997), 300 (2006), Cleopatra (1964), Rome (2005), Gladiator (2000) and Agora (2009) clearly show, the ancient world continues to inspire modern film; we aim to take these examples of classical reception as a starting point for our exploration of major works and key themes.
Following a series of introductory lectures that outline key starting points for those students new to Classics (and those new to film theory and reception studies), the course will divide into five sections - one for each film and the key ancient themes associated with it. We will locate each film in its proper historical setting (both modern and ancient), before moving the discussion on to consider the relevant classical texts that inspired, informed, and shaped each production.
This course is not available with exemptions from lecture or tutorial attendance.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jacqueline Clarke
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Appreciate the influences shaping modern film and television representations of the ancient world and the importance of taking context into account when analysing these receptions. 2 Describe and analyse the cultural and historical backgrounds of certain key periods in the Greek and Roman worlds. 3 Differentiate between ancient and modern cultures in their values, attitudes, particularly in regard to the ways in which they define and represent ‘the other’. 4 Confidently engage in close reading of primary texts across a variety of genres. 5 Prepare and deliver coherently and logically argued written material with a scholarly approach.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3
Required ResourcesRobin Lane Fox, The Classical World (Penguin 2006)
Recommended Resources(1) Penguin edition of Homer: The Odyssey (translated by Robert Fagles; London 1996) – for tutes 2 and 3
(2) Penguin edition of Herodotus: The Histories (London rev. edn. 2003) – for tutes 4 & 5
(3) Penguin edition of Plutarch: The Fall of the Roman Republic: Six Lives (London rev. edn. 2003) – for tutes 6 & 7
Online LearningPowerpoints and recordings from the lectures will be placed up on MyUni after each lecture has been delivered. However, students are advised that recordings sometimes fail. Recordings are not meant to be a substitute for attending lectures.
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The readings for each tutorial topic will be placed upon MyUni or directions will be supplied about how to access them.
Guidelines to formatting footnotes and bibliography are placed upon MyUni. Students are expected to read and consult these.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe format of the course consists of two lectures a week supported by problem-solving tutorials which develop topics covered in the lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
2 x 1-hour lectures (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 5 hours reading per week 60 hours per semester 3.5 hours written work per week 42 hours per semester 1.5 hours revision per week 18 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryThis programme is provisional and may be altered in accordance with the availablity of lecturers and tutors.
Schedule Week 1 Introduction
Ancient and Modern: Some Starting Points
Week 2 Odyssey: Starting points
Odyssey: Folklore and Fantasy
Week 3 Odyssey: A Hero Returns
Week 4 300: Starting points
300: Herodotus and History
Week 5 300: East v West?
300: The Spartan Myth
Week 6 Ancient Literature on Film
Ancient History on Film
Week 7 Cleopatra: Starting points
Cleopatra: Roman Politics and Society
Week 8 Cleopatra: The Historical Cleopatra
Cleopatra: Creating the Legend
Week 9 Gladiator: Starting points… The Empire
Week 10 Gladiator: What makes a good emperor?
Gladiator: A Tale of Two Emperors: Father & Son
Week 11 Agora: Christianity in the Roman world
Agora: Fall of the Empire
Week 12 Farewell to Antiquity?
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Assessment task Task type Weighting Course learning outcomes 600 word primary source analysis Formative & summative 10% 2, 4 250 word essay 1 Formative & summative 20% 1-5 250 word essay 2 Formative & summative 30% 1-5 Exam Summative 40% 1-5
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Assessment Detail600 word primary resource analysis: students will compare and contrast two primary source excerpts - 10% weighting
250 word essay 1: students submit an essay on a chosen topic - 20% weighting
250 word essay 2: students submit an essay on a chosen topic - 30% weighting
Exam: covers all aspects of the course - 40% weighting
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