Module Catalogue 2020/21

CAC3046 : Poet and King: Virgil's Aeneid and the Age of Augustus: Stage 3 (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Claire Stocks
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

The core of the module will consist of a reading of the 'Aeneid' in translation. The poem will be sited both within its political context (Rome as the dominant world power, the end of the Roman civil wars, the triumph of Augustus, his ambiguous political settlement and his attempt to harness the poets to the new dispensation) and its literary tradition (the epics of Homer, Hesiod, Empedocles, Apollonius, Ennius and Lucretius; philosophy; tragedy; elegy; Virgil's own poetic career). Literary, cultural, religious, political and historical issues will be discussed.

The module aims to:
Provide an understanding of the political and literary context of the Aeneid.
Provide an understanding of the key interpretative problems raised by the poem.
Provide an understanding of Virgil's poetic techniques.
Develop students' skills of textual interpretation, analysis and problem-solving as applied to the Aeneid.
Develop students' skills of interpersonal and written communication.

Outline Of Syllabus

The following topics will be discussed:
- historical context
- literary context and influences
- Virgil and the Caesars: the 'Eclogues'
- Virgil and the Caesars: the 'Georgics'
Thereafter the treatment is sequential, book by book, with special, extended treatments of Books 1, 4, 6, 8 and 12.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of the module students should have acquired:
- close familiarity with the text of the Aeneid.
- an understanding of the political theory and literary context and of the key interpretative problems raised by the poem.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students should have acquired:
- textual skills of analysis, appreciation and problem solving;
- skills in interpersonal and written communication; initiative; adaptability.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Original Handbook text:

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