CLA3059 - Classical Language and Texts: Greek V: Imperial Greek Prose

2022/3 Module description

StaffDr Daniel King - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
  • CLA2205 Classical Language and Texts: Greek IV or equivalent.
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

This module offers you the opportunity for detailed study and literary appreciation of Greek literature in the original language. By reading a themed selection of texts within their historical, intellectual and literary-cultural contexts, as well as engaging with modern interpretations of these works, you will broaden your knowledge of Greek literature and develop sophisticated skills of literary analysis.

Module aims

Building on CLA2205 (or equivalent), this advanced level Greek module aims to produce advanced understanding of the language, style and significance of Greek prose writers of the Imperial period, especially through a close study of some of the most important Greek authors in the Roman Empire.  

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the language, style and content of the texts studied
  • 2. Describe in detail and provide an advanced analysis of the form and significance of Imperial Greek writing

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Demonstrate advanced linguistic mastery of ancient Greek
  • 4. Demonstrate enhanced critical and interpretative skills, including critical engagement with scholarship
  • 5. Locate literary texts in their cultural context

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Show a capacity for independent study and research, including skills in the construction and organisation of arguments
  • 7. Demonstrate confidence and clarity in written communication
  • 8. Contribute effectively to discussion with peers and instructor

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Seminars with instructor and students exploring closely the Greek texts and their significance.
  • Seminars focused on key passages throughout the texts, with instructor and students sharing in translation, interpretation and discussion.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching44Seminars (1 x 2 hours per week)
Guided Independent Study256Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Participation in seminarsIn class1-8Oral feedback from instructor and peers

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Contribution and participation in seminar learning activities (discussion fora, group activities and discussion, etc.)10Regular meaningful participation equivalent to one 1000 word homework exercise1-8Oral and written feedback
Written exercises (various exercises set over terms)404 x (max) 1000 words1-7Mark, written comments and oral feedback session
Essay503000 words1-7Mark, written comments and oral feedback session

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Contribution and participation in learning activities (discussion fora, group activities and discussion, etc.)Reflective essay on learning experience (1000 words)1-8Referral/Deferral period
Written exercises (various exercises set over terms)Written exercises1-7Referral/Deferral period
EssayEssay1-7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Indicative list of prescribed texts:

  • Russell, D (ed.) Dio Chrysostom Orations VII XII XXVI (2010, CUP).
  • Hopkinson, N (ed.) Lucian A Selection (CUP, 2008).

Other materials provided by lecturer from relevant editions. A detailed reading plan and secondary bibliography will be supplied by the module lecturer.

Indicative list of further reading:

  • Bowersock, G., Fiction as History (University of California Press, 1994).
  • Bowersock, G., Greek Sophists in the Roman Empire (Clarendon, 1969).
  • Swain, S., (ed.) Dio Chrysostom: Politics, Letters, and Philosophy (Clarendon, 2000).
  • Swain, S., Hellenism and Empire: Language, Classicism, and Power in the Greek World, AD 50–250 (Clarendon, 1996).
  • Whitmarsh, T., Greek Literature and the Roman Empire (OUP, 2002).
  • Whitmarsh, T., Ancient Greek Literature (Polity, 2004).

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