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LT4210 Latin Didactic Poetry

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:10.00 am - 12.00 noon Thu

This module examines the development of one of the major genres of Classical Latin poetry during the late Republic and early Empire, with due consideration of the Hellenistic and archaic Greek background. A selection of epics will be studied with particular attention to their literary form and background, to the didactic poet's message, and to his self-presentation as an authority and teacher.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Classics and Latin Degrees and Greek (Single and Joint, but excluding Three subject) Degrees

UG Pre-requisite(s):40 credits from LT2001, LT2002, LT2003, LT2004, including one pass at 11 or better, or a pass in LT3018, or evidence of equivalent linguistic achievement.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 x 1-hour seminars and 1 coursework consultation hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 55%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 45%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60% (commentary and essay tasks, 45%, 1 class-test, 15%)
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr E Gee
Module teaching staff:Team taught