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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS1412 Ovid's Metamorphoses

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Ken Belcher
Email: K.Belcher@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module studies Ovid's reworking of Greek, Oriental and Roman myths and legends in the form of an epic poem centred on the theme of transformation. The poem is studied in English translation (tr. A.D. Melville, Ovid: Metamorphoses, Oxford 1987). The module is worth 10 credits and runs in semester 2 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

On completion of this module, students should be able to understand and appreciate the significance of Ovid's reworking of Greek, Oriental and Roman myth and legend in the form of an epic poem centred on the theme of transformation (metamorphosis). The lectures will describe the mythological traditions upon which Ovid has drawn, outline the plot of the poem, and discuss various interpretations of he work by modern scholars. The influence of the 'Metamorphosis' on European literature and art will also be considered.

Syllabus

Ovid's Metamorphosis, to be read in the translation by A.D.Melville (Oxford 1987).

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

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 30 mins60.00
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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