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CLAS2700 Homer's Iliad

20 creditsClass Size: 65

Module manager: Dr Adam Lecznar

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is suitable for Level 2 students with some basic knowledge of Classical literature. It provides a thorough introduction to the themes and structure of Homer's Iliad, issues surrounding its composition and transmission, and its enormous cultural significance. The poem is studied in English translation (tr. M. Hammond, Homer: Iliad, Penguin 1987). The module is worth 20 credits and runs over both semesters, with one lecture per week and a total of five seminars.


Objectives: to introduce students to Homer's Iliad and its cultural significance. On completion of the module students will have a thorough knowledge of the poem, its theme and structure, and of issues surrounding its composition and transmission. They will understand the key cultural position of this work and will appreciate its unique literary qualities.


Topics to be covered include: the Trojan/epic cycle; composition and its historical context; Homer and the artists (showing transmission of stories in early period); the structure of the poem; development of particular themes; presentation of the gods; the moral code of the poem and the general view of life and death; religious ritual; rhetoric and diplomacy; family and social underpinnings; female characters; influence on later Greek morality; influence on literary tradition.

Teaching methods

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

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored:
- at an informal level through class contact hours with the module tutor;
- at a formal level through the assessed coursework and / or end-of-module examination.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x essay between 1,800 and 2,000 words50.00
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
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins50.00
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: 16/09/2019


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