EPICS OF ROME
Credit points: 15
This subject explores Ancient Roman epic poetry, the literary genre which deals with grand mythical narratives involving heroes, gods, war, and love affairs. Epic was the most prestigious literary form in the ancient world. Roman poets adapted and developed Greek epic, particularly influenced by the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey. Roman epics similarly deal with divine and heroic material, but Roman poets also weave contemporary and topical themes into the mythical subject matter. The primary text for this subject is Ovid's Metamorphoses, which tells many comic tales of the gods in love and encounters between heroes and monsters through a series of transformations. Epics which influenced Ovid will also be studied, such as the Greek epics of Homer, the early Roman epics of Naevius and Ennius, and Virgil's Aeneid, which was the most significant influence on Ovid. We shall also consider Ovid as a major influence upon Western artists and writers, from Shakespeare to David Malouf.
SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Incompatible subjects MDS3EPR
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Ovid Metamorphoses||Prescribed||Ovid||(TRANSLATED RAEBURN)|
|Readings||Virgil Aeneid||Prescribed||Virgil||(TRANSLATED WEST)|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Ability to analyse a source in depth and detail
- Tutorial interaction; assessed source analysis
02. Ability to complare and contrast societies
- Tutorial interaction; assessed research essay
03. Improved writing skills
- Assessed source analysis; assessed research essay
04. Increased knowledge of foundation texts of the Western literary tradition
- Preparatory reading; lecture attendance; research for essay; tutorial interaction; assessed source analysis; assessed research essay
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Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
|Research essay (2500 words)||60||02, 03, 04|
|Source analysis (1250 words)||30||01, 03, 04|
|Tutorial particpation (250 word equivalence)||10||01, 02, 04|