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GK4109 Greek Literature in the Roman Empire

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2015/6
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:11.00 am 1 12.00 noon Wed and Fri

The first to third centuries CE were one of the most fertile periods of Greek literary production (and have been an exciting growth area of recent scholarship). This module samples a range of genres, paying particular attention to detailed appreciation of specific works: the speeches and dialogues of the controversial and colourful orator/philosopher Dio Chrysostom; the irreverent satirical and comical writing of Lucian; and the works of Philostratus, who offers us such a vivid portrait of his own contemporary culture through his biographical writing. It also addresses a range of broader questions: how far are these texts influenced by their social and political context, especially by the continuing Roman rule over the Greek east? What relation do they have with classical literary traditions which they draw on and transform in such original ways? The module will combine thematic discussion with detailed work on set texts and related unseen passages.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 hours of lectures and seminars, and 1 coursework consultation hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 33
  • Guided independent study: 267

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%, Unseen test = 15%, Coursework = 45%
UG Re-Assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module Co-ordinator:Prof S Halliwell
Module Lecturer(s)/Tutor(s):Prof J K├Ânig