CLAS 1106 - Introduction to Ancient Greek and Roman Literature

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course provides an introduction to many of the great texts and significant literary genres that arose from the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. It will explore the origins and development of genres and writing styles that are key to understanding the values and complexities of these two influential civilizations; these may include epic love poetry, dramatic tragedy and comedy, satire, historical, biographical and philosophical writing. Important works by the major authors of antiquity - such as Homer, Sophocles and Virgil - will be studied, either in part or whole and students will learn the skills necessary for the technique called 'close reading'. The course will teach students how to place texts within their historical and cultural contexts and will enable them to appreciate the influence that such texts had upon the subsequent literature of the Western world. No knowledge of Latin or ancient Greek is required; all texts will be studied in English translations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CLAS 1106
    Course Introduction to Ancient Greek and Roman Literature
    Coordinating Unit Classics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description This course provides an introduction to many of the great texts and significant literary genres that arose from the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. It will explore the origins and development of genres and writing styles that are key to understanding the values and complexities of these two influential civilizations; these may include epic love poetry, dramatic tragedy and comedy, satire, historical, biographical and philosophical writing. Important works by the major authors of antiquity - such as Homer, Sophocles and Virgil - will be studied, either in part or whole and students will learn the skills necessary for the technique called 'close reading'. The course will teach students how to place texts within their historical and cultural contexts and will enable them to appreciate the influence that such texts had upon the subsequent literature of the Western world. No knowledge of Latin or ancient Greek is required; all texts will be studied in English translations.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jacqueline Clarke

    For other Classics staff who contribute to the teaching of this course, please see the relevant section of MyUni for this course.
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Confidently engage in close reading of ancient texts across a variety of genres and writing styles.




    2. Display knowledge and understanding of the historical and cultural contexts in which such texts arose and the circumstances which gave rise to them.




    3. Demonstrate appreciation of the influence that genres and writing styles which arose from the civilizations of Ancient Greece and Rome exercised upon the subsequent literature of the Western world.




    4. Demonstrate knowledge of methods of citation of ancient texts and scholarly issues in dealing with them.




    5. Deliver coherently and logically argued written material with a scholarly approach.

     






    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All resources, including translations of texts and text excerpts will be available via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources


    Rutherford, R., 2007. Classical Literature A Concise History, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


    Storey, I.C. & Allan, Arlene, 2005. A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama., Malden, MA: Blackwell.


    Both these texts are available as ebooks through the Barr Smith library.

    Online Learning
    Powerpoints 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.

    Students are expected to consult the announcements board at least twice a week and must closely read all emails sent via MyUni.

    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.

    Students will submit assignments to MyUni and they will be marked online.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The format of the course consists of two lectures a week supported by problem-solving tutorials which develop topics covered in the lectures. Twice during the semester students will also participate in a 'flipped classroom' lecture.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.



    WORKLOAD – STRUCTURED LEARNING
     


    2 x 1-hour lectures per week

     = 24 hours per semester


    1 x 1-hour tutorial or equivalent per week

     = 12 hours per semester




    TOTAL STRUCTURED LEARNING = 36 hours per semester



    WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
     

    5 hours reading per week
    = 60 hours per semester


    2 hours research per week

     = 24 hours per semester


    3 hours assignment preparation per week

     = 36 hours per semester

    TOTAL SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING = 120 hours per semester
     

    TOTAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES = 156 hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary


    Week Lecture 1        Lecture 2
    1
    Outline and Introduction

                 Reading Ancient Texts and Writing Classics Essays
    2
    Oral Poetry and the Invention of the Alphabet
    The Iliad
    3
    The Odyssey

    The Legacy of Homer
    4
    The Birth of Drama

    Tragedy
    5
    Comedy

    Reading Greek Drama:
    Flipped Classroom
    6
    The Rise of Prose

    Philosophical Writing
    7
    The Latin Alphabet and the Birth of Roman Literature

    Roman Comedy and Tragedy
    8
    Love Poetry

    Reading Roman Verse:
    Flipped Classroom
    9
    Roman Rhetoric

    Roman Letters
    10

    Roman Epic:
    Virgil's Aeneid and its Legacy


    Roman Epic:
    Ovid's Metamorphoses and its Legacy
    11
    The Evolution of Satire

    The Ancient Novel
    12
    All that Remains:
    The Transmission and Reception of Ancient Texts
    Course Overview and Exam Tips
    Small Group Discovery Experience

    SGDE is offered to the students on a formal basis in the flipped classroom lectures in Weeks 5 and 8 and will also be included within many of the tutorials when students are separated into discussion groups to analyse key portions of text or deal with specific questions relating to the text. They will then report on their findings to the class.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    ASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
    Textual Exercise


    Formative and Summative


    20% 1,2.4.5
    Tutorial Contribution
    Formative and Summative


    10% 1,2
    Tutorial Essay
    Formative and Summative


    30% 1,2,4,5
    Exam Summative 40% 1, 2,3 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    See MyUni
    Assessment Detail


    Textual Exercise

    Students will write a 600 word analysis comparing two or more short excerpts from texts of different genres


    Tutorial Contribution

    Students will be required to submit a series of reflective questions on one of the excerpts to be discussed in the tutorial; their reflections on the excerpt will be shared in the tutorial discussion.


    Tutorial Essay

    Students will be required to write a 1400 word essay on one of the tutorial topics


    Exam

    2-hour exam to be held at the end of semesterSee MyUni
    Submission
    Via MyUni
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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