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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS2600 Virgil's Aeneid

20 creditsClass Size: 130

Module manager: Prof. Robert Maltby
Email: r.maltby@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Module replaces

CLAS 3234, 3244

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is suitable for Level 2 students with some basic knowledge of Classical literature. It engages in advanced literary study of Virgil's Aenied, with particular emphasis on this poem's major themes, and the importance of Virgil's poem in the development of the classical epic tradition. The poem is studied in English translation (you may use either tr. C. Day Lewis, Virgil: The Aeneid, Oxford World's Classics 1986 or tr. D. West, Virgil: The Aenied, Penguin 2003). The module is worth 20 credits and runs over both semesters, with one lecture per week and a total of two 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: classics@leeds.ac.uk; website: www.leeds.ac.uk/classics/; telephone: 0113 343 3537).

Objectives

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- discuss, both orally and in writing, the major issues relating to Virgil's Aeneid from literary, cultural and socio-political perspectives;
- demonstrate subject-specific skills, including an ability to carry out close textual analysis and sophisticated evaluation of scholarly work on Virgil;
- demonstrate a range of transferable skills, including verbal and written expression, the organisation of personal study and the use of IT resources.

Syllabus

This module offers the student the opportunity to read Virgil's Roman epic both as a whole and in depth. Topics to be covered include: Virgil's influence from and reaction to the Greek epic tradition; the poem as part of the cultural programme and political ideology of Augustus; literary themes such as characterisation, heroism, the role of the gods and the depiction of human struggle; antiquarianism and the construction of the Roman past.

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
Lecture181.0018.00
Seminar41.004.00
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

72 hours - reading per lecture (18 x 4 hours)
28 hours - reading per seminar (4 x 7 hours)
39 hours - on essay
39 hours - exam preparaion

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Seminar participation and essay

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
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


Exams
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: 20/05/2009

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