Advanced Latin: Novel

Subject CLAS40014 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

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


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 10 hours per week; total time commitment 120 hours


One of CLAS10010/ CLAS20027/ CLAS30010/ 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 107-357 and 107-457. Students who have completed 107-357 or 107-457 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

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:


Dr Andrew Turner


Parshia Lee-Stecum

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.


Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • 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.

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).

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

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.
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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient World Studies
Ancient and Medieval 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
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

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