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CLU34482/CLU44482 Augustan Poetry

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.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Professor Monica Gale
  • Duration:
    • One Term (Jan – Apr)
  • Contact Hours:
    • 22 (one 2-hour class per week)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 40% continuous assessment (one assessed presentation, one written assignment), 60% final examination

Prescribed Editions

  • W. Camps (ed.), Propertius: Elegies Book I (Cambridge UP, 1961)
  • R. Mayer, Horace: Odes, Book 1 (Cambridge, 2012)
  • G. Williams, The Third Book of Horace's Odes (Oxford, 1969)

Select Bibliography

    A. Keith, Propertius: Poet of Love And Leisure (London, 2008)
  • R.O.A.M. Lyne, The Latin Love Poets (Oxford, 1980)
  • S. Commager, The Odes of Horace: A Critical Study (New Haven, 1961; repr. Norman, Oklahoma, 1995)
  • H. Fraenkel, Horace (Oxford, 1957)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Translate and analyse the prescribed texts
  • Identify and analyse the genre’s characteristic themes, style and diction
  • Give a competent and independent interpretation of the prescribed texts in their literary, sociopolitical and historical contexts
  • Critically engage with ancient and modern theories of genre and intertexuality, both in their own right and in relation to the prescribed texts