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LT4221 Tools of the Classicist

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:9.00 am - 11.00 am Wed

The module aims to broaden the students’ appreciation of classical studies by providing students with an introductory experience of the ‘tools of the Classicist’, i.e. the technical methodologies available for the advanced study of ancient Latin texts. These include in particular textual criticism, metre, historical and social linguistics, paleography, epigraphy and digital humanities. The module will also address theoretical issues related to these technical tools, such as their applicability and fallibility, and their current status within the discipline. Such issues will be considered from a historic perspective, and students will also be given an introductory knowledge of the history of classical philology.

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.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 270

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr G Pezzini
Module teaching staff:Dr G Pezzini