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CLU11203 Reading Ancient Literature

So you think you know how to read? Think again! This module will introduce you to some of the many different ways in which ancient literary texts may be ‘read’ – encountered, analysed and interpreted. Our approach will be practical and hands-on, aiming to equip you with the skills you will need for essay writing and especially critical analysis, as well as introducing some of the key Greek and Roman authors, from Homer to the Roman Empire.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Professor Monica Gale
  • Duration:
    • Semester 1
  • Contact Hours:
    • 22 (two lectures per week)
  • Weighting:
    • 5 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 100% coursework (two written assignments)
  • Course Open To:
    • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology; TJH Classical Civilisation; Columbia Dual Degree

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply the basic techniques of critical analysis to a given passage, identifying and distinguishing between subject-matter, theme and literary technique
  • Possess and deploy a broad general understanding of key literary-critical concepts such as figurative language, register and persona
  • Correctly apply terminology pertinent to the critical analysis of literary texts
  • Identify and outline key features of the main genres of ancient literature
  • Differentiate between alternative modes of analysis suitable to different texts and contexts
  • Work effectively in small groups