Advanced Latin: Didactic Poetry

Subject CLAS40013 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours per week
Total Time Commitment: Total of 10 hours per week; total time commitment 120 hours
Prerequisites: CLAS10010 (Intermediate Latin Language A or Intermediate Latin Language) 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: 107-456; 670-390
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
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Dr Rhiannon Evans


Rhiannon Evans

Subject Overview:

This is a specialised reading subject, with analysis of Roman didactic poetry, focusing on a specific text such as Lucretius"s De Rerum Natura, Virgil"s Georgics, Horace"s Ars Poetica or Ovid"s Ars Amatoria. Advanced stylistic and thematic analysis of these texts will address issues such as the context of literary production. the range, nature and development of the genre and style of didactic in the Late Republican and Early Imperial periods. the seriousness of the didactic mission in these texts. the representation of the poet as praeceptor. and the possibilities of didactic as a vehicle for commentary on the poets" contemporary worlds. Students who complete the subject should have reached a high standard in reading and interpreting Latin texts, specifically Roman didcatic poetry.

  • be familiar with a major Latin didactic text.
  • be able to analyse the text in its cultural context and understand its place in the development of Latin literature.
  • recognise the peculiarities of Latin poetic style.
Assessment: 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:
  • R.F.Thomas (ed) (Virgil, Georgics, Volume 1: Books I-II) Cambridge University Press 1988
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 107-456 Advanced Latin C. Students who have completed 107-456 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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