CL2EGR-Egypt and the Greco-Roman World

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Ian Rutherford


Summary module description:
A module examining relationships between Ancient Egypt and the Greco-Roman world.

1) To gain an understanding of the Ancient Egyptian;
2) To explore the Greek and Roman perceptions of Egypt;
?3) To examine to what extent the Greco-Roman world was influenced by Egyptian culture or religion.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will:?
- be able to identify and describe the main phases of Egyptian history;
?- be able to discuss the key Greek and Roman texts that relate to Egypt;
- be able to evaluate the impact of Egyptian culture on the Greco-Roman world.

Additional outcomes:
The module places a strong emphasis on group interaction and student participation to the lectures. The module encourages independent thought and the development of oral and written communication skills. It also encourages critical thinking, familiarises students with research methods and the most relevant resources in the subject area. They will also develop their IT skills by the use of relevant web-resources.

Outline content:
Contact between Greece and Egypt in the 2nd millennium BC; Egypt in Homer and Greek Tragedy; Plato’s Atlantis; Herodotus and Diodorus on Egyptian History; Egyptian religion and Greece, particularly the cult of Isis; trade between Greece and Egypt; Alexandria; Egyptian magicians and magic; tourism to Egypt; Greeks and Egyptian writing.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course will be taught in lectures in which student participation will be encouraged. Some lectures may be seminar-like in style, depending on group interests and dynamics.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Guided independent study 90
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
This module will be assessed by a 3,000-word essay due on the last day of Autumn Term.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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