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CL7030 Gender and Genre in Augustan poetry


Module Organiser: Prof. Monica Gale
Duration: One Term (2018-19: Sept-Dec)
Contact hours: 22 (1 x 2-hour seminar p.w.)
Weighting: 10 ECTS
Assessment: Written assignment

The poetry of the Augustan age has traditionally been regarded as the high point of Roman literature, combining as it does consummate artistry with a rich array of ‘timeless’ themes such as love, politics and the relation between individual and society. This module will focus on Propertius’ love-elegies and the lyric poetry of Horace, exploring both similarities and points of divergence between the style and world-view of the two poets.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with genre theory and its application to the texts under study.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the texts under study, and ability to analyse them with particular reference to the issues of gender and genre.
  • Analyse and assess scholarly interpretations of the texts under study.
  • Display an awareness of the theoretical bases of their own and other scholars' interpretations of Classical texts.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral presentation and discussion and in written argument and analysis.

Introductory Reading

Set texts for the course will be Horace, Epodes (selections), Propertius 2 (selections), the elegies of Sulpicia ([Tibullus] 3.13-18), Virgil, Aeneid 5, and Ovid, Ars Amatoria 3.

Recommended editions:

  • Virgil, Aeneid 5 and 9
    Latin, Book 5: R.D. Williams, Oxford, 1960 Latin, Book 9: P.R. Hardie, Cambridge, 1994 Translation: S. Lombardo, Indianapolis: Hackett, 2005
  • Propertius 2
    Latin: ed. W.A. Camps, Cambridge 1967 Translation: G. Lee, Oxford 'World's Classics', 1996
  • Horace, Epodes
    Latin: ed. D. Mankin, Cambridge, 1995 Translation: D. West, Oxford 'World's Classics', 2008
  • Ovid, Ars Amatoria 3
    Latin: ed. E.J. Kenney, Oxford, 1961 (OCT) Translation: A.D. Melville, Oxford 'World's Classics' 1990
  • Sulpicia, Elegies = [Tibullus 3.13-18]
    Latin: ed. G. Lee, Liverpool, 1982 Translation: Lee's text (above) includes English translation; or A.S. Kline, on-line at (external) (click on 'Sulpicia's Verses')

Last updated 20 August 2018