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.
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 select factual information about: author, corpus, literary, cultural, historical, and social context. Knowledge acquisition: finding own factual material
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
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