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CL4449   After Virgil: The Aeneid and its Reception

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon Fri

This module will explore, through close reading and comparative study, what made Virgil the 'Classic of all Europe' in Augustan Rome itself and in the two thousand years following the publication of the Aeneid. Focussing on particular 'hot spots' of Virgilian appropriation - the epics of Dante and Milton, the Early modern drama of Marlow, and selected poetry and prose of the twentieth century - this module will examine not just what makes the Aeneid susceptible to such a remarkable reception-history, but also what the theory and study of 'reception' can offer to a discipline of Classics and our own understanding an criticism of the ancient world.

Relationship to other modules

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.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-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 coordinator: Dr E L Buckley
Module teaching staff: Dr E Buckley