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 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
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
Prerequisites Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended
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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans
LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Research essay (2000 words) Students select from a choice of essay questions and research primary and secondary sources in order to answer it.
|Assignment||Individual||No||50||SILO2, SILO3, SILO4|
Source analysis (1200 words) Students respond to a specific question on a focussed passage of poetry.
|Assignment||Individual||No||30||SILO1, SILO3, SILO4|
Seminar group responses (800 words) In small groups, students produce responses to specific questions.
|Other||Group||No||20||SILO1, SILO2, SILO4|