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CL4437 Modern Classics: Classics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Fri

"But what is Classics for?" This is a question that most students of the Greek and Roman worlds have surely had to face at some point in their careers. This module sets out to answer that question in terms of what purposes the Greeks and Romans have been made to serve in the modern world, from approximately the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Topics for consideration include the role of Classical education in constructing social status; why it used to be unacceptable to mention anthropology in classical studies; what museums do to their visitors apart from showing them artefacts in glass cases; why and in what form Greek tragedy keeps coming back to the stage; the ideological baggage of blockbuster films set in Greece and Rome; and what to think about Achilles after two World Wars. If this module doesn't answer your questions about the point of studying the Greeks and Romans, it should at least give you some new ways to think about it.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Classical Studies Degrees, for Ancient History & Archaeology Single Honours, and for all Ancient History, Classics, Greek, and Latin (Single and Joint, but excluding Three subject) Degrees.

UG Pre-requisite(s):As stated in the School of Classics Undergraduate Handbook

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 coursework consultation hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 40%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 60%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr R T Anderson
Module teaching staff:Dr R T Anderson