Module Details

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Code CLAH102
Coordinator Dr FMA Jones
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ Second 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 aims to focus on the literary output of the early Augustan period at Rome, with a focus on the Aeneid, an epic poem by Virgil and a core text for the study of Latin literature. As well as the works themselves, students explore the literary, social, and political contexts of their creation and other aspects of artistic expression at this period. This module aims to offer a foundation for further study of Latin poetry, epic poetry, and literary culture at Levels two and three.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) In the course of the this module, students will: Become familiar with Virgil's Aeneid and understand its literary shape and the contexts of its production.

(LO2) Acquire some understanding of the concept of genre and literary structures and approaches.

(LO3) Develop skills of reading with understanding, analysis, and argument, written communication and oral discussion, and coherent expression of their own responses to texts.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S2) Research skills - All Information skills

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: In lectures students will learn about Virgil's Aeneid. Lectures provide frameworks for independent research into themes and contexts; guidance on structuring work.

Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: In seminars students will explore individual aspects of the text, building on their 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.

Attendance Recorded: No



Topics covered during the module may include:

1. Introduction genre, epic, society;

1. Propertian Elegy (synchronous);

2. Structure; thematic and architectural; deer, prophecy, aetiology;

2. Catullus vs Lucretius (synchronous);

3. Love and marriage;

3. Homer and Roman readers (synchronous);

4. Civil war; Homer; education;

5. Aeneid book 1;

5. Callimachus Hymn 5 (synchronous);

6. Aeneid Books 2-3;

6. Similes (synchronous);

7. Book 4;

8. Book 5-6;

8. Eclogues 1 & 9 (synchronous);

9. Books 7-8;

9. Pre-Virgilian Aeneas (synchronous);

10. Book 9;

11. Books 10-11;

12. Book 12.

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. There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply  -1700 words    60       
Portfolio. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1500 words    40       

Recommended Texts

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