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CL4464   The Religious Sense in the Classical Roman World

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available to General Degree students with the permission of the Honours Adviser

Planned timetable: To be arranged

This module aims to introduce students to Roman religiosity in the classical Roman world, from the second century BCE to the second century CE. The module will take as a reference framework Lucretius' de Rerum Natura and his criticism against any metaphysical impulse (focusing in particular on his diatribe against love in book 4). It will reconstruct Lucretius' intellectual opponents, focusing especially on literary sources, including earlier texts and authors (Roman comedy, Cato), contemporaries of Lucretius (Cicero, Catullus), and later writers (Virgil, Seneca, Tacitus, Imperial inscriptions, and early Christian texts, such as Minucius Felix and the Passio Perpetuae).

Relationship to other modules

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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: One 2-hour seminar per week (x11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 270

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 40%
Practical examinations : 10%
Coursework: 50%

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


Module coordinator: Dr G Pezzini
Module teaching staff: Dr G Pezzini