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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS3950 Love, Patronage & Politics in Augustan Rome: The Roman Elegists

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Prof. R. Maltby

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is suitable for Level 2 or 3 students with some basic knowledge of Classical literature. It encourages detailed study of selected elegies of Tibullus, Propertius and Ovid. The aim is to promote understanding of the nature of Roman Elegy as a literary genre, and to acquaint students with the most important contemporary approaches to Augustan elegy. The poems are studied in the following English translations: Guy Lee The Poems: Propertius (OUP 1999), Guy Lee Tibullus Elegies ed. 3 (Francis Cairns 1990), Peter Green Ovid: The Erotic Poems (Penguin 1982). The module is worth 20 credits and runs in semesters 1 and 2 with one lecture per week and a total of three seminars. For further information, visit us at the Electives Fair or contact the Department of Classics, situated on the first floor of the Parkinson Building, south end (email:; website:; telephone: 0113 343 3537).


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- give explanatory comment on passages from representative elegies of Tibullus, Propertius and Ovid
- discuss, orally and in writing, major themes in these elegies
- relate the elegies to their literary, social and cultural contexts
- critically evaluate secondary information sources relating to Roman Elegy

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module are expected to have acquired:
- a knowledge of representative elegies of Tibullus, Propertius and Ovid
- a knowledge of the literary background to these elegies
- an understanding of the relationship between selected elegies and their literary, social and cultural contexts
- an understanding of issues and problems involved in the interpretation of Roman Elegy

Skills outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate a range of subject-specific skills, including an ability to analyse critically various forms of primary evidence and relate them to each other and their literary, historical and cultural context.
- demonstrate a range of transferable skills, including written expression, the organisation of personal study, participation in oral discussion, and use of printed and online information sources.


The module will study selected elegies from Tibullus, Propertius and Ovid's Amores The first part of the module will provide an introduction to Roman elegy as a genre, to its literary, social and historical context, and to the three elegists. The second part will take a thematic approach, with particular attention to the depiction of women, patronage, politics, and the cultural and social setting of Augustan Rome

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours177.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading primary texts: 3 x 10 = 30 hours
Lecture preparation: 20 x 1.5 = 30 hours
Seminar preparation: 3 x 4 = 12 hours
Coursework (i) = 15 hours
Coursework (ii) = 35 hours
Exam preparation = 55 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Seminar participation and two pieces of written coursework over the two semesters.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentTextual commentary, max 1,000 words.20.00
AssignmentTopical assignment, max 1,500 words.30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Exam with advance information on questions2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/03/2009


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