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LT4213 Roman Satire

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 1.00 pm Tue

This module explores the emergence and evolution of Roman Satire. Its core texts are selected Satires by Horace, Persius and Juvenal, but it also examines the beginnings of Roman Satire in the second century BCE, and takes in other, later Roman satirists along the way. Close reading of the primary texts forms a key component of the module, but we also home in on some of the recurring themes of Roman satire so that students can compare the approaches of different authors and analyse the development of the genre over time. Broader issues are also tackled, such as the purpose of satire (was it always moralistic?) and the relationship between satirical writing and society.

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:1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 coursework consultation hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 55%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 45%
UG As used by St Andrews:22-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60% (commentary and essay taks, 45%, class test, 15%)
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr A König
Module teaching staff:Dr A König