2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CLAS3450 Screening Antiquity
20 creditsClass Size: 26
Module manager: Prof. Emma Stafford
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
This module is mutually exclusive with
Module replacesCLAS3410 Classics on Screen: Antiquity Through a Modern Lens
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module is suitable for Level 3 students with at least a basic knowledge of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. It aims to introduce the student to representations of, and allusions to, antiquity on the big and small screens. Both historical and mythological topics are considered, from Hercules and the fall of Troy to the rise and fall of the Roman empire, with a particular emphasis on artistic and other motivations for the adaptation of narrative.
ObjectivesThe aim of this module is to provide students with an insight into the historical/ mythical background behind a range of popular figures and stories from the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, and to allow them to appreciate the complex ways in which these figures/stories have been represented and manipulated in twentieth- and twenty-first-century screen media. The module will:
- present a broad history of representations of, and allusions to, the ancient Greek and Roman worlds on screen, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day, and an appreciation of the significance of such representations for the reception of Classics.
- explain the ancient historical and/or mythological background to a selection of on-screen representations of the ancient world, and its transmission across time.
- show how various modern factors can affect on-screen representations of antiquity, including contemporary political or socio-historical contexts, the influence of earlier films, and creative imperatives.
- introduce students to the main methods of enquiry into film/TV.
On successful completion of this module students should:
1. have a sophisticated and critical knowledge of the history of representations of, and allusions to, the ancient Greek and Roman worlds on screen;
2. have a sophisticated and critical understanding of the ways in which specific stories from the ancient world have been adapted for treatment in modern film/ TV, identifying a range of influential factors and assessing their relative significance;
3. be able to communicate their ideas about the material effectively and persuasively in scholarly discussion in seminars;
4. be able to analyse critically a range of relevant media (literature, art, film and TV), construct coherent arguments based on this analysis, and communicate such arguments persuasively in writing, supported (where appropriate) by use of visual imagery.
Topics for study in any given year will vary, depending on the availability of members of the teaching team, and allowing for the inclusion of new releases. There will typically be a mixture of Greek and Roman, mythological and historical, topics, and consideration of works influenced by the ancient world but not explicitly set there. These may include (but are not limited to) a selection from:
- Herakles/Hercules: from the peplum, Legendary Journeys and Disney to the twenty-first century reboot
- Troy: from Helen of Troy (1956) to Troy (2004) and the series Troy: Fall of City (2018)
- Odysseys: from Ulysses (1954) to O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
- Sparta and Thermopylae: from The Three Hundred Partans (1962) 300 (2007)
- Greek tragedy: from Iphigeneia (1977) to The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
- The Roman Republic: from Spartacus (1960) to the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010-13)
- Establishing empire: from Cleopatra (1963) and Carry on Cleo (1964) to Rome (2005-7) and Game of Thrones (2011-19)
- Mad, bad emperors: from Quo Vadis (1951), Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and I Claudius (1976) to Gladiator (2000)
- Volcanic destruction: from Dr Who’s The Fires of Pompeii (2008) to Pompeii (2014)
Lectures will provide an introduction to the topics and their transmission from antiquity to the twentieth-/twenty-first century, and seminars will encourage students to discuss the material in smaller groups, with particular emphasis on how and why stories change through time and across media.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyWriting up notes/consolidating lectures: 15 x 1 = 15 hours
Seminar preparation: 5 x 2 = 10 hours
Wider private reading/research, including watching films/TV episodes: 85 hours
Researching and writing coursework: 35
Exam revision and preparation: 35
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be informally monitored via participation in the seminar discussions. Opportunities will also be provided for one-to-one consultation via the lecturer’s weekly Drop-In times. Formal feedback will be provided on the coursework project (see below), which will be returned in good time to inform the student’s exam preparation.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Poster Presentation||1 x poster-presentation (using Powerpoint) with 1500-word reflective commentary||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||2 hr||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
The format of this examination may be subject to change should the situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic allow. Students will be informed well in advance if this becomes the case.
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