Module Details

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Code CLAH201
Coordinator Dr AV Zadorozhny
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):


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Additional Programme Information



To introduce the students to a range of Greek and Roman sources which illustrate and provide insights into the ancient attitude(s) towards love and friendship as socio-cultural construals;

To widen the students' knowledge and understanding of the ancient literature, society, and thought;

To stimulate interpretive reflection on the ancient debate around love and friendship;

To stimulate evaluation of academic writing on topics relevant to the module.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To contextualise informedly a spectrum of Greco-Roman discoursal scenarios involving love and friendship

(LO2) To understand and discuss the socio-cultural importance of amatory and friendly relationships across the Greco-Roman civilization

(LO3) To analyse and evaluate knowledge, structure, and stylistic quality of academic writing on topics relevant to the module

(S1) Research skills - all information skills

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - academic writing (including referencing skills)

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

(S4) Improving own learning / performance - record-keeping

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills – oral

(S6) Time and project management - personal organisation

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method 1 - lecture.
The lectures are designed to provide orientation in primary sources and modern interpretations, as well as to identify the problems for investigation. Lectures will take place face-to-face but can take place online.

Teaching method 2 - seminar.
The seminars are designed to stimulate close reading of and reflection on primary and secondary sources; students (as individuals or in small groups) will be delivering oral presentations followed by discussion. While the presentations are not formally assessed as such, the students will receive oral feedback.



The following ancient texts and themes will be addressed:

Longus, Daphnis and Chloe;

Eros - myth and concept;

Euripides, Hippolytus;

Erotic encounters between gods and mortals in Greek mythology;

Roman love elegy;

Propertius, Elegies Book 1;


Erotic art in Antiquity;

Sappho fr. 31;

Ancient Greek marriage;

Homosexuality in classical Greece;

Plato, Symposium;

Greek philia;

Exemplary philoi - Achilles and Patroclus, Orestes and Pylades;

Roman amicitial;

Cicero's letters;

Horace, Epistles Book 1 and select Satires;

Juvenal, select Satires;

Cicero, on Friendship;

Aristotle on friendship;

Stoics and Epicureans on friendship;

Flatterers and parasites;

Plutarch, How to Distinguish a Flatterer from a Friend.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 13


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Commentary. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1750 words    30       
Essay. There is a reassessment opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  -2500 words    70       

Recommended Texts

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