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GK4121   Violence in Early Greek Poetry

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: TBC

This module explores the role of violence in early Greek culture. The primary focus will be on literature, and we will study closely relevant passages from a broad range of texts in the original Greek (Homer, Hesiod, Simonides, Pindar/ Baccylides, Solon and others). But we will also attempt to put the literature into a broader context by looking at some significant pieces of art (vase painting, sculpture, etc.). The aim of the module is to achieve a better understanding of ways of depicting violence in early Greek literature and art (the language of violence, if you like), how ancient attitudes to violence differ from modern ones, and what the function of violence is within the context of the artefacts we will examine.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1-hour seminars.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

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

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


Module teaching staff: Dr N Wiater