Module Catalogue 2015/16

CAC1013 : Love and Life in Rome and Verona

  • Offered for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Brianne Preston
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The aims of this module are:
1.To introduce students to the literary culture of Ancient Rome through study of a single Roman author (currently the Roman poet Catullus)
2.To introduce students to key aspects of Roman Society in the Late Republican era as reflected in contemporary literature.
3.To equip students to understand the connections between Roman literature and its social context.
4.To train students in essential skills of the literary analysis of Roman literature and to develop flexibility in the application of these skills to the reading of different types of Roman literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module begins with a brief survey of Roman literature, of its periods, genres and authors, and relationship to Roman history, culture and society. The core of the module consists of the study of a selection of the poems of Catullus, the Roman poet who seems to speak most directly to modern readers and who for that reason provides a useful introduction to the problems raised by classical literature, some of which are distinctively different from those raised by modern literatures. These problems include the use of literary genres, the exploitation of literary tradition, the interplay between tradition and individual creativity, the relationship between real life and the world created by the poet, and the significance of poetic structure. Some consideration will also be given to such aesthetic qualities of Latin poetry as can be appreciated by those without Latin: use of fixed metres, verbal density, imagery and exploitation of sound effects.

Assessment: one assessed essay at the end of Semester 1.

The text we use is G. Lee, ed., Catullus: the Complete Poems (OUP). No other translation is acceptable.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should: -
1) Have a knowledge of some of the key genres of Roman literature

2) Have an understanding of some of the key aspects of Roman society in late Republican era.

3) Have an understanding of the connections between Roman literature and its social context.

4) have a knowledge of a representative selection of Roman literature.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should have developed skills of literary analysis, adaptability in applying these interpersonal and written communication skills.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Present
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture261:0026:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion741:0074:0045% of guided indpendent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading741:0074:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00Discussion/reading sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:0010% of guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide both the essential background information to the study of Roman literature in the Late Republican era and detailed practical demonstration of the interpretation of a large number of texts. The workshops (formally unassessed) give students the opportunity to apply such interpretative strategies for themselves.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Essay of 3,500 words on a theme explored in the lectures/discussion.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essay tests ability to tackle larger literary questions and apply such larger insights to other texts.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All exchange students at Newcastle University including Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola are warmly encouraged to do the same assessment as the domestic students unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, students need to discuss it with their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them.

Students who opt for the alternative assessment because they will have to leave Newcastle University before the assessment period (excluding Erasmus students, who are contractually obliged to be at Newcastle until the end of the semester) should hand in their 3000-word essays before they go away. If this is not possible, they should tell the School exchange coordinator that they are going to submit their essays in absentia, then submit their essays through Blackboard and email copies of the essays to the School Office ( Any essay received after the deadline will be considered as a late submission.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 15/16. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

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