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CL2003   Early Greek Poetry and Philosophy

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 8

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 9.00 am

Early Greece was the age of beautiful poetry and cutting-edge philosophy. The module explores the diversity of early Greek thought at the crossroads of poetry and philosophy, from the 8th to the 5th century BCE starting with Hesiod's struggle to re-order the world of gods and humans: Hesiod¿s work stands side by side with Homer¿s poems as foundational works of ancient Greek epic. We then consider the exciting literary and intellectual experiments of lyric poets and philosopher poets, who saw poetry as a way of writing philosophy, exploring love and attacking enemies. Authors to be studied include Sappho, Theognis, Solon, Xenophanes and Empedocles. All texts will be studied in translation.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 lectures (x 11 weeks) and 8 tutorials across the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 30

Guided independent study hours: 170

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%


Module teaching staff: Team taught