Advanced Latin: Ethnography

Subject CLAS40012 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours per week.
Total Time Commitment:

3 contact hours/week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total Time Commitment: 8.5 hours per week.


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



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Formerly available as 107-355 and 107-455. Students who have completed 107-355 or 107-455 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

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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. This subject is available to 3rd year students who have completed four semesters of Intermediate Latin.


Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • 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.

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).

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per day; after 5 working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

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.
Links to further information:
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
Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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