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CL1004   Myth and Community in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 7

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 12.00 noon

This module explores some of the most dynamic literary and artistic achievements of archaic and classical Greek culture (8th to 4th century BCE). Using a twin focus on myth and on ideas of community, the module ranges across Homeric epic, Athenian tragedy, Aristophanic comedy, and the philosophical writings of Plato, looking at a series of authors whose work has had a powerful influence over the later literary tradition right into the 20th century. We look among other things at the relationship between texts and images in the expression of cultural values; and we examine a series of major themes in Greek views of identity, morality, politics and religion. The module is meant both for students who intend to take Honours Classical Studies and for those who want a fascinating introduction to the poetry and art of the ancient Greek world. It is intended to be complemented by CL1005.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 32 lectures and 6 tutorials across the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 38

Guided independent study hours: 162

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr J P Hesk
Module teaching staff: Team taught