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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS1615 Greek Poets

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Owen Hodkinson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

CLAS1610 After Troy: Homecoming in Greek Epic and Tragedy

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides an introduction to Ancient Greek literature through study of poetic works which have been seminal in the Western literary tradition. Students will acquire an understanding and appreciation of examples of Ancient Greek genres such as epic and tragedy through detailed study of two selected texts in English translation.


The module aims to equip students to provide an informed analysis of: narrative technique, structure, and intertextual relations; major conventions and themes; the implications of the religious and moral ideas which underlie the texts; the relevance of the contemporary social and political context to the interpretation of the texts. The knowledge and critical skills acquired in this module will provide a basis for further study of classical Greek poetry and drama, and relevant background to the study of later European literature.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Recognise and describe major conventions and themes in selected Greek poetic genres.
2. Identify and analyse poetic techniques, narrative and/or dramatic structure, and intertexual relations in examples of Greek poetry and drama.
3. Discuss the religious and moral ideas which underlie the Greek poetic texts.
4. Apply knoweldge of the contemporary social and political context to the interpretation of the Greek poems.

Skills Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
5. Communicate the results of your work effectively in writing.
6. Provide informed analysis in a form that observes defined parameters.
7. Propose interpretations and formulate arguments informed by secondary criticism.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours174.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

As this is a core module for students on Classical Civilisation and Classical Literature programmes, student progress is monitored carefully and regularly in order to provide formative feedback and help students to adjust to working at University level. Formative feedback is provided by the seminar classes, where students articulate their ideas as part of discussion with their peers and the seminar tutor. The written assignment then provides summative feedback part-way through the semester, offering a clear formal assessment of progress at a point well in advance of the final assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayEssay (1500 words)50.00
EssayCommentary (1500 words)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 11/04/2024


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