CL3LLP-Late Latin Poetry

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Gillian Knight


Summary module description:
This module aims to offer a broad discussion of the Latin poetry of the 4th and 5th centuries AD. It will explore their literary and historical contexts and consider them in the light of modern critical approaches.


• To introduce students to a range of late Latin poets, from a variety of genres, including the works of Prudentius, Ausonius, Claudian and Sidonius Apollinaris. • To consider these works within their religious, political and cultural contexts. • To consider these works in relation to the classical tradition and genre development. • To introduce methods of reading and interpretation of the late antique poetic text.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module it is expected that students will be able to:
•relate the interpretation of late Latin poems to the contexts in which they were composed, including current debates on the contemporary political and religious concerns.
•understand the development and innovation in genre in this period and the relationship of the late antique poetry to its classical predecessors
•distinguish between, and evaluate the merits of, different methodological approaches, and
apply different styles of literary criticism
•complement the evidence and arguments introduced in lectures and seminars with additional
information assembled by their own research
•articulate their arguments effectively and illustrate them with relevant evidence

Additional outcomes:
This module aims to encourage the development of oral communication and presentation skills, and of students’ effectiveness in group situations. It will aim to enhance IT skills through the use of online bibliographies and data-bases.

Outline content:

A selection of Latin poets will be considered, in translation, including: • Prudentius • Ausonius • Claudian • Sidonius Apollinaris.  Themes considered may include: • genre • visuality • structural methods • characterization • gods and myths • allegory • Christianization

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module will be taught by interactive lectures and seminars. In week 7 there will be a workshop-style event at which all students will deliver an oral presentation, which will form one component of the module's assessment.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:

In addition to the oral presentation (10%) you will be required to produce 1 piece of written coursework of about 3,000 words (90%) This will comprise an essay (c.2000) containing an integrated detailed analysis (c.1000) of a relevant passage or passages from a written ancient source or sources. The coursework must be submitted by 12 noon on Monday of the first week of the Spring term.

Formative assessment methods:
Interactive class discussion with feedback.

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 of coursework in August

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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