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GK4110   Imagining the Symposium

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: TBC

This module will explore the symposium, a key cultural institution of the ancient Greek world, through its representation and dramatisation in both poetry and prose. The texts studied, which were produced for performance at symposia and/or designed to evoke the mentality and preoccupations (alcoholic, erotic, political, religious, and cultural) associated with sympotic gatherings, will range from the lyric and elegiac poetry of the archaic period, via the two Socratic Symposia of Plato and Xenophon in the fourth century, to the continued thematisation of the symposium in Hellenistic epigrams. The module will also make some supplementary use of pictorial evidence for the history of the symposium, paying comparative attention to the roles of poetic and visual material within symposiac culture.

Relationship to other modules

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take CL4503

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1-hour seminars and 1 coursework consultation hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 267

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Unseen test = 15%, Coursework = 45%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 55%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 45%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Unseen test = 15%, Coursework = 45%


Module teaching staff: Prof S Halliwell