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Module

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

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • 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

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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion821:0082:0050% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture271:0027:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading331:0033:0020% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study491:0049:0030% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are deliberately of brief duration, allowing time for class discussion and debate.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CAC2046Poet and King: Virgil's Aeneid and the Age of Augustus, Stage 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M402,000 words critique of a specific passage
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses the learning outcomes through a combination of detailed comment on passages of text and of essay work on more general issues; the exam format is well suited to assessment of students' skills in both these areas.

The assignment will require students to write a critique of a specific passage (a choice will be given) at a level of detail and critical understanding beyond what is possible in the written exam.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange 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.

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