Roman Novel

Subject 107-457 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours per week
Total Time Commitment: Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: CLAS10010 (Intermediate Latin Language A) 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.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Parshia Lee-Stecum
Phone: 8344 5386
Subject Overview: This is a specialised reading subject, with analysis of the Roman prose novel, focusing on texts such as Petronius' Satyricon, Seneca's Apocolocyntosis, and Apuleius' Metamorphosis. Narrative structure, prose style, thematic content, and the relationship between the Roman novel and earlier literary traditions will be examined in detail. The place of the text within its original social context is assessed. Students who complete this subject should have reached an acceptable standard in translating and interpreting Latin texts, specifically the prose novel.
  • be familair with the generic conventions of the Roman prose novel;
  • be able to analyse the Roman novel in its cultural context;
  • recognise and communicate the stylictic features and central themes of the Roman novels studied.
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:
  • J S Ruebel (ed)   (Apuleius, Metamorphoses 1)  Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers 2000
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.
Notes: Formerly available as 107-357 Advanced Latin D. Students who have completed 107-357 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Arts (Ancient Languages)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient and Medieval Studies
Ancient, Medieval && Early Modern Studies
Classical Studies && Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

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