CL2EY2-Egypt and Greece: Roman Revelations

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Prof Ian Rutherford


Summary module description:
A module examining Roman Egypt.

1) To gain an understanding of the evolution of Egyptian culture during the Roman period and Late Antiquity.
2) To explore the Greeks’ (and Romans’) ambivalent relationship with Egyptians and their culture.
3) To study cases of interaction between Graeco-Roman and Egyptian literature be it cultic texts or stories.
4) To follow the evolution of Egyptian culture beyond the Roman period and assess how modern views in the West are descended from ancient ones.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will:
- be able to identify and describe the range of sources that may be employed to study cultural interaction between Egypt and Greece between the Roman period and Late Antiquity;
- be able to discuss the key stereotypes pertaining to Egyptians found in Greek (and Latin) literature and observe how these stereotypes evolved from the Roman period onwards;
- be able to evaluate the impact of Greek culture upon Egypt during the Roman period onwards;
- display awareness of the influence of ancient stereotypes upon the modern era.

Additional outcomes:
The module places a strong emphasis on group interaction and student participation. These skills will be augmented not only in the sessions but also through a series of varying practical exercises that bring the students closer to the ancient material. They will also develop their IT skills by the use of relevant web-resources.

Outline content:
Plutarch and Apuleius on the Isis cult; private letters from Oxyrhynchus; the Greek and Demotic magical papyri; Egyptian magicians in fiction; Egyptian sacred animals; ‘Egyptian’ inscriptions in Classical sources; Horapollo and Hieroglyphics; Priestly stereotypes in Late Antiquity; Modern views on Egypt.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course will be taught mainly in lectures in which student participation will be encouraged. There will also be seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8
Seminars 2
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 textual editing exercise with commentary (40%) due 12 noon on Friday week 5, and an essay (60%) due 12 noon on Friday week 10.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener 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 by 22nd August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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