Augustan Poetry

Subject 107-454 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours per week
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Prerequisites: 107-157 Intermediate Latin Language A, 107-158 Intermediate Latin Language B, and 50 points of any other Intermediate Level Latin subjects, or an approved equivalent or admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in classics.
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Dr Parshia Lee-Stecum
Subject Overview:

This subject involves the specialised reading and analysis of a book of Roman poetry from the Augustan period. Selecting a text from among the works of Virgil, Horace, Propertius, Tibullus and Ovid, students will focus on issues such as the nature of the poetry book at this period; the structure of the collection; the context for the production and circulation of poetry in the Augustan period; and the style, genre and thematic content of the text. On completion of the subject, students should have reached an acceptable standard in translating and interpreting the selected text.

Assessment: For 3rd year: a 500-word class paper 15% (due during the semester), a 1750-word assessment test 43% (due in the final week of semester), and a 1750-word essay 42% (due in the examination period). For 4th year: a 1000-word practical criticism presentation 20% (due during the semester), a 1750-word assessment test 35% (due in the final week of semester), and a 2250-word essay 45% (due in the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: Epistles (Horace), ed R Mayer, Cambridge University Press 1994
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be skilled in research;

  • possess advanced skills of critical thinking and analysis;

  • possess an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly, economically and effectively;

  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.


This is an Advanced Level Latin subject. Formerly available as 107-354 Advanced Latin A. Students who have completed 107-354 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Ancient Languages)
Diploma in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Classics and Archaeology)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Classics and Archaeology)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Classics and Archaeology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Classics)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts(Classical Studies and Archaeology)

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