Module Catalogue 2016/17

CAC1013 : Life and Literature in the Roman Republic

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Katie East
  • Lecturer: Dr Micaela Langellotti
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
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 selection of case studies representing different genres.
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

A selection of case studies will be used to illustrate the literature of the period, including the comedy of Plautus, the poetry of Catullus, the philosophy of Lucretius, the oratory of Cicero, and the historiography of Sallust, all chosen with a view to their representation of key moments in the evolution of Latin literature. All texts are studied in translation.
No previous knowledge of the Ancient World is required.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion741:0074:0045% of guided indpendent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture261:0026:00N/A
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
Essay1M20Essay of 1,000 words
Essay1M80Essay of 2,500 words on a theme explored in the lectures/discussion.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two essays will provide the opportunity for feedback midway through the course, allowing students to approach the larger essay with a clear sense of the requirements and expectations. The essays test the students' 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 Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the alternative 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 other students on the module. In order to take up this option, students need to discuss it with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator and their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them. The Study Abroad Co-ordinator will have the final say on such issues.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will require the provision of an alternative assessment before the end of teaching week 12. The alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 1,500 word essays in addition to the other coursework assessment. The essays should be set so as to assure full coverage of the course content.

Study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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