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Ancient Greek Epic (6 points)


Leader: Annabel Orchard

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit explores the epic poetry of pre-Classical Greek and the cultural context in which it was created. We will focus on Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey', and the Trojan war stories of the Epic Cycle. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of epic through close readings of the primary texts, and examine theories of oral composition and the major scholarly approaches to the unit. Texts will be studied in translation.

Assessment: Seminar paper (500 words): 10% + Essay (2500 words): 55% + Take-home exam (1500 words): 35%

Contact Hours: 2.5 hours (1 x 1-hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar) per week

Prohibitions: AGS2030

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