Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitArchaeology and Ancient History
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Evangelina Anagnostou-Laoutides


The unit examines the cultural experiences of the Romans from the time of the early Republic to the faltering days of the Empire through their own literature. Students will examine themes including: war and peace, science and knowledge, politics and litigation, love and sex, death and the Afterlife, through a study of lyric poetry (Horace), elegy (Catullus, Propertius, Tibullus, Ovid), historical writings and biography (Livy, Tacitus, Plutarch, Suetonius), philosophy (Cicero, Seneca), comedy (Plautus, Terence), legal and political writings and magical tracts. All texts will be studied in translation.


  1. Study the literary genres of ancient Rome and its conventions
  2. Study the evolution of Roman literature in relation to contemporary socio-political changes
  3. Become familiar with the Greek/Hellenistic influences on Roman literature
  4. Explore the theoretical tools for the study of these genres including feminism and gender studies.
  5. Study the scholarly history of these genres
  6. Develop critical thinking and particular research skills to investigate the primary and secondary sources with regard to the above
  7. Be familiar with the reception of Roman literature in later periods.


Literature review(1000 words): 20%
Essay(2500 words): 35%
2 x Class tests(equivalent 1000 words): 35%
Tutorial participation: 10%

Contact hours

One x 90 minute lecture and one x 1 hour tutorial per week plus 9 and a half hours per week, reading primary texts in translation and secondary literature.

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