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CL4449 After Virgil: The Aeneid and its Reception

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
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.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Classical Studies Degrees, 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.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr E Buckley
Module teaching staff:Dr E Buckley