Module Details

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Code CLAH212
Coordinator Dr FMA Jones
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:


Additional Programme Information



This module sets out to explore Ovid's Metamorphoses: one of the most influential and important works of Latin literature, it encompasses myth and history, and exemplifies Ovid's narrative and poetic modes; Students will gain a good knowledge of this poem by reading it in detail; Students will be able to set the poem in its literary and socio-historical context, and to account for its distinctive and inherited features.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain a sound knowledge of the central text, the Metamorphoses, alongside a range of other literary and cultural material, including Ovid's earlier works. They will develop their ability to read and interpret an ancient literary text in detail, and to assess other interpretations of that text in later scholarship. Students will be able to place the Metamorphoses in its wider literary and cultural context, and will be encouraged to reflect upon the poem's importance for our understanding of the use of myth in antiquity and in later periods. Using the knowledge obtained through lectures, and through selecting and synthesizing information in independent study, students will develop both their written and oral communication skills, in order to construct coherent, relevant and persuasive arguments. The module also enables students to foster transferable skills (not all of which are directly tested in the assessment), e.g. : Information: access, recall, and se lect factual information about: author, corpus, literary, cultural, historical, and social context. Knowledge acquisition: finding own factual material

(LO2) Analysis: be able to relate specific cases to broader contexts. Identify typical / characteristic and individual / distinctive features. Use appropriate measuring / comparative units and techniques. Assess conflicting evidence / viewpoints. Assess comparative merits of evidence-quanta. Identify with another culture and be aware of difference. Set own understanding in context of scholarly literature. Assimilate own knowledge findings with broader picture

(LO3) Communication: convey propositions clearly in appropriate style and with fit structures. Efficient use of punctuation and grammar, topic sentences, introduction, conclusion. Use evidence with good references. Prioritize / profile arguments in terms of relative importance / productiveness

(S1) Research skills - All Information skills

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

Teaching and Learning Strategies

In lectures students will learn about Ovid's Metamorphoses. Lectures provide frameworks for independant research into themes and contexts; guidance on structuring work.

In seminars students will explore individual aspects of the text, building on your private reading of the poem and recommended scholarship, and participating in group discussion.
Seminars provide opportunity to explore test cases relating to themes, techniques, contexts and background



Topics covered during the module may include:

Met Book 3 (asynchronous);

Heroides (synchronous);

Hylas, Europa (synchronous);

Met Book 8 (asynchronous);

Callimachus Hymn 6 (synchronous);

Daedalus and Icarus (synchronous);

Eurydice (synchronous);

Met Book 10 (asynchronous);

Hom.Hymn Dionysus (synchronous);

Persephone and IE myth (synchronous);

Met Book 11 (asynchronous);

Catallus 64 (synchronous).

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 22


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 120


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Portfolio 1. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1600 words    30       
Portfolio 2. There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  -2000 words    70       

Recommended Texts

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