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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS1411 Catullus: An Introduction to Roman Poetry

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Ms Katharine Earnshaw
Email: k.m.earnshaw@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module introduces Roman poetry through the varied works of Catullus, studied in their historical and literary context. The poems are studied in English translation (tr. A.G. Lee, The Poems of Catullus, Oxford 1991). The module is worth 10 credits and runs in semester 1 only, with one lecture per week and two seminars during the course of the semester. 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: classics@leeds.ac.uk; website: www.leeds.ac.uk/classics/; telephone: 0113 343 3537).

Objectives

To allow students to gain an understanding of the poetry of Catullus and its historical and literary context; The knowledge and critical skills acquired in this module will provide a basis for further study of Roman poetry

Syllabus

This module will provide students with an introduction to the complete poems of Catullus. The lectures will cover the evidence for Catullus' life and loves; Catullus' poetic circle; the literary influences on Catullus; and discussion of a wide selection of the poems. The emphasis will be on the interpretation and understanding of the poems, and on their historical and literary context. The poems will be read in the English translation by A.G. Lee, 'The Poems of Catullus' (Oxford 1991).

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar21.002.00
Private study hours88.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

88 hours - private study

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayAn essay of not more than 1,500 words40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

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


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

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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