Advanced Latin: Ethnography

Subject CLAS40012 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, 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

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Contact Hours: Three hours per week.
Total Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total Time Commitment: 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: CLAS10010/ 20027/ 30010/ CLAS40023 Intermediate Latin Language and 50 points of any other Intermediate Level Latin subjects, or an approved equivalent; or admission to fourth year Honours or Postgraduate Diploma 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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Rhiannon Evans
Subject Overview:

This subject involves the specialised reading and analysis of an example of Latin prose ethnography. Selecting from among the works of Caesar, Pomponius Mela, Tacitus, and Pliny the Elder, this subject will focus on areas such as Roman ethnographical style, the text's relationship to ancient historiographical, rhetorical or philosophical traditions, and the place of such literature within Roman elite culture. As a treatment of non-Roman peoples and cultures, ethnography clearly played an important role in defining Romannes, and was arguably one medium for the generation and justification of Roman imperialist ideology. Students should complete the subject with critical techniques in the reading, analysis, translation and interpretation of Latin ethnography.

  • be familair with the style of Latin ethnographic prose.
  • be able to analyse and communicate the central themes and techniques of the prose text studied.
  • understand the cultural and production contexts of the prose text in this period.
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 2000-word assessment test 40% (due in the final week of semester), and a 3000-word essay 60% (due in the examination period).
Prescribed Texts:
  • Germania (Tacitus) ed. JGC Anderson, Duckworth 1996
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 107-355 Advanced Latin B. Students who have completed 107-355 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient World Studies
Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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