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CL7044 Roman Hellenism

This module explores the phenomena of adaptation, integration and resistance that characterised Roman appropriations of Greek culture in the early and middle Republic. We will analyse Greek influence on the formation of Latin literary genres, the role of Greek on the development of Latin linguistic standards, and practices of bilingualism in the Roman world. The surviving evidence is often fragmentary and mediated by late Republican sources: the limits and challenges of our reconstruction make our inquiries all the more worthwhile.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Prof Anna Chahoud
  • Duration:
    • Michaelmas Term (Sept-Dec)
  • Contact Hours:
    • 22 (1 x 2-hour seminar p.w.)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% Continuous Assessment

Introductory Reading

  • Feeney, D. (2016) Beyond Greek: The Beginnings of Latin Literature (Cambridge, MA/London)
  • Goldberg, S. (2005) Constructing Literature in the Roman Republic (Cambridge)

Learning Outcomes

On successful conclusion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse features of Greek influence on Roman culture
  • Outline the lines of development of Latin literature in the early Roman Republican period
  • Analyse literary texts in the context of their production and reception
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the methodology applied to the study of fragmentary evidence
  • Engage critically with theories of cultural transfer and identity
  • Think critically and present a coherent argument in oral presentations and written assignments