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GK4119   Texts and Objects in the Greek World

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

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

Planned timetable: Wednesday

How do texts evoke the experience of viewing and touching objects? How does this differ from the sensory experience of objects? Where does the boundary lie between texts and objects in instances of inscribed three-dimensional objects such as coins, inscriptions and statues, or 'technopaegnia' (poems written in the shape of an object)? This module innovatively combines the study of texts in Greek with material objects including art. As such it has a reduced set text component while it has an additional booklet of set images; and it includes an object handling session. The set texts are passages carefully chosen from a broad range including Homer, Hellenistic epigrams and novels of the imperial period. Texts and images are studied side by side for what they reveal about Greek attitudes to everyday objects like tableware and weapons, through special artefacts like penknives and automata, to high art by named artists, and monuments and buildings such as sculpted gravestones and temples.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): 40 credits from GK2001, GK2002, GK2003, GK2004, including one pass at 11 or better, or a pass in GK3022, or evidence of equivalent linguistic achievement.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour class (x10 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 286

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 A I Petsalis-Diomidis
Module teaching staff: Dr A Petsalis-Diomidis