Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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 model for Ovid. We shall also consider Ovid as a major influence upon artists and writers, from Shakespeare to David Malouf.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesPreparatory reading; lecture attendance; research for essay; group work project; seminar interaction; assessed source analysis; assessed research essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects


Incompatible subjectsMDS3EPR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Ovid Metamorphoses

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed






Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Virgil Aeneid

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed






Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse a source in depth and detail
02. Compare and contrast societies
03. Demonstrate improved writing skills, including ability to produce a piece of writing as a group
04. Show increased knowledge of foundation texts of the Western literary tradition

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research essay (2000 words) Students select from a choice of essay questions and research primary and secondary sources in order to answer it.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Source analysis (1200 words) Students respond to a specific question on a focussed passage of poetry.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Seminar group responses (800 words) In small groups, students produce responses to specific questions.

N/AOtherGroupNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4