Module Details

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Code CLAH852
Coordinator Dr FE Hobden
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):


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Additional Programme Information



To explore the body as a locus of individual experience in Classical antiquity and to investigate how perceptions of the body impact upon the way individuals processed and understood their experiences in the context of ancient patterns of behaviour and beliefs;

To examine via the prism of the body ancient Greek and Roman society from perspectives such as health and medicine, gender and sexuality, citizenship and status, and philosophy and religion, as well as the significance of the ‘Classical’ body in post-antique societies;

To engage with a wide range of written and visual material from ancient Greece and Rome, including poetry, prose, letters, physicans’ reports, inscriptions and sculptures, as well as modern manifestations of the Classical body.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To recognize the body as a site of human experience and as conceived and represented within ancient Greece and Rome.

(LO2) To become familiar with and critically evaluate a wide range of written and visual material from Classical antiquity, including representational, technical and personal texts (poetry and prose), as well as images and objects, that illustrate how the body constitutes human experience and is constituted within societies, in all their complexity and contexts

(LO3) To engage with specialist scholarship about the body in antiquity and deploy it to build advanced in-depth knowledge and understanding of aspects of historical experience and society in ancient Greece and Rome

(LO4) To be able to formulate a research question, present key ideas and themes in oral presentation, and respond to feedback; and to undertake independent research communicate the results in writing

(S1) Critical thinking: advanced evaluation and reasoning in the analysis and deployment of data and specialist scholarship to develop logical and sophisticated arguments

(S2) Communication: adopting appropriate strategies and language for the presentation of complex ideas in verbal and written forms for different audiences and purposes

(S3) Research: the identification of sources and resources, the collection and manipulation of data, and the presentation of results, with the aid of information and communications technologies

(S4) Independence: self-direction and autonomy in the conception, implementation, pursuit and completion of tasks at a professional level

(S5) Sensitivity to diversity: understanding of and respect for different intellectual positions and other cultures, based on awareness of complexity and sensitivity to context

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students prepare for each seminar by examining relevant ancient texts, visual material and archaeological objects and by reading a wide selection of recommended scholarship, and they actively contribute to classroom discussion.
Notes: 9 x 1 hour seminars (1 x 1 hour introduction; 8 x 1 hour topic-based sessions)

Essay workshop:
The workshop provides students with a venue to present questions, ancient material, and modern theories relating to their chosen essay topic and to receive peer feedback on their progress so far.
Notes: Students prepare a 10 minute presentation detailing their proposed essay question, the key areas for investigation and evidence, along with any methodological or interpretative problems, the results of their research so far, and the future direction of their study.



Topics may be drawn from the following, depending on staff availability:

The anatomical body (and body parts);

Health and the body;

Imagined bodies;

Desiring bodies;

(Trans)gendered bodies;

Heroic bodies;

Dressed and painted bodies;

Citizen bodies;

Bodies and souls;

Aging bodies;

Dead bodies;

Reconstructed bodies;

Classical bodies;

Bodies and power.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   9




Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 50


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment.  -5000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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