CLAN3001 Ancient Epic

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit studies two of the most important and influential poems ever composed, Homer's Odyssey and Vergil's Aeneid. Ancient epic dealt with the grandest of themes—fate and heroism, love and war, monsters and social order. The unit examines the very different ways these two particular epics dealt with such themes and also seeks to situate them against their historical and literary backgrounds. In particular, the eighth-century BC Greek Odyssey is presented in the context of westward Hellenic expansion and the changing social conditions of the early archaic period, while the first-century BC Roman Aeneid is seen in the light of the world empire of Rome and the rising autocracy of Augustus.
Students are able to (1) present to an audience of peers arguments about these themes; (2) defend and criticise such arguments in discussion with peers; (3) demonstrate in writing a thorough knowledge of the texts of both poems, especially in connection with these themes; and (4) present a research essay on an aspect of the poems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial performance (including presentation); (2) essay; and (3) an end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Neil O'Sullivan
Unit rules
any Level 2 CLAN unit
CLAH2230 Ancient Epic
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (for 10 weeks); tutorials: 1 hour per week (for 8 weeks)
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