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Courses in Translation 2012-13

The following courses are taught in English Translation:

LEVEL ONE (1st years ONLY)

LEVEL TWO (suitable for 2nd/3rd years)

LEVEL THREE 


LEVEL ONE



CLAS 1201 GREEK MYTH: ITS USE AND MEANING (0.5 unit)

Teacher: Dr Peter Agócs

Class hours: one two-hour class per week.

Coursework requirements: reading, one assessed essay.

Meets: Mondays 2-4, Term 2

Assessment: One essay of 2,000 words maximum (40%), one three-hour examination paper (60%).

Pre-requisites: none.

An introduction to the study of Greek mythology in its literary, social, historical and philosophical context. The aim of this course is to introduce students to leading concepts and persons of Greek mythology, which forms an important foundation of Greek art, literature and ideas. Everyone is fascinated by Greek myths: but how did these extraordinary stories arise? What was their purpose? Did the Greeks really believe them and what are our sources for them? This course looks at a range of Greek myths and suggests some answers to these questions. Backed up by slides and copies of relevant texts, the course will survey the subject broadly, evaluating some modern interpretations of myth.

Recommended Course Texts

M. P. O. Morford and R. J. Lenardon, Classical Mythology. Oxford, OUP.

E. Csapo, Theories of Mythology. Malden, Blackwells.

Other recommended preparatory readings: J. Bremmer, ed. Interpretations of Greek Mythology (London, 1987); W. Burkert, Greek Religion (Oxford, 1985); R. Buxton, Imaginary Greece (Cambridge, 1994); P. Veyne, Did the Greeks Believe in their Myths? (Chicago, 1988).

CLAS 1202 ROMAN LIFE & THOUGHT (0.5 unit)

Teacher: Dr Antony Makrinos

Class hours: two one-hour classes per week.

Coursework requirements: reading, two assessed essays.

Meets: Mondays 2-4, Term 1

Assessment: continuous assessment (100%) based on two essays of up to 2,000 words each (50% each essay).

Pre-requisites: none.

A survey of everyday life under the Roman empire, considering, on the basis of the surviving words and remains of Roman antiquity, the physical realities, daily life, man-made environment, national institutions and intellectual attitudes of Roman civilisation. This will include aspects of life such as the Roman calendar and time-reckoning, the education system, attitudes towards the gods, attitudes towards the Greeks, philosophical schools, the courts, and the Games.

CLAS 1204 APPROACHES TO THE ANCIENT WORLD (0.5 unit)

PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO ANCIENT WORLD STUDENTS

Course Leader: Dr Rosie Harman + other members of teaching staff

Class hours: one two-hour class per week.

Coursework requirements: reading, two assessed essays.

Meets: Fridays 2-4, Term 1

Assessment: continuous assessment (100%) based on two essays of up to 2,000 words each (50% each essay).

Pre-requisites: none.

This course is intended only for first-year students on Ancient World degree programmes and is not open to students from other departments. Students on Classics degree programmes may be admitted but subject to the permission of the Classics Departmental Tutor.

This course is a mandatory first-year course within the Ancient World degree programme. It aims to introduce first-year students to the different approaches adopted by the three disciplines of archaeology, history and literary studies, and to investigate how these approaches differ or can be reconciled. The focus will be on applying literary, historical and archaeological approaches to a number of key topics on life in the ancient world, e.g. birth, childhood and adolescence; the household and gender roles; funerals, death and the afterlife. As such, this course is intended to introduce and support the first-year studies, teaching basic analytical techniques which students are then expected to apply to other courses, as appropriate to the particular discipline.

CLAS 1205 INTERPRETING GREEK LITERATURE (0.5 unit)

PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO CLASSICS STUDENTS

Teacher: Dr Rosa Andújar

Class hours: two one-hour classes per week.

Meets: Mondays 1-2 & Wednesdays 10-11, Term 1.

Coursework requirements: reading of selected texts in translation; one assessed essay.

Assessment: One essay of up to 2,000 words (40%), one three-hour examination paper (60%).

Pre-requisites: None; no knowledge of Greek required.

This course is compulsory for all first year Classics/Latin with Greek/Greek with Latin/Classics with Study Abroad students and therefore may be limited in space to students from other degree programmes.

A broad-sweep survey across ten centuries of Greek literature starting from Homer and Hesiod in the eight century BC up to the Hellenistic Age of poetry and the Greek novel. All readings are in translation.

Topics included in this broad survey course are: Homer and Hesiod; lyric poetry; the development of scientific and prose literature; Herodotus and Thucydides; Greek tragedy; Greek Comedy; trends in ancient literary criticism; early Greek philosophy. Plato and Aristotle; Hellenistic epic, elegy, epigram and bucolic; and the Greek novel.

Twice weekly classes take as a starting point selected readings from major authors; the format is mixed lecture and discussion. The course will provide basic information and a chronological and thematic framework and is intended as an introduction to ancient Greek literature and theoretical approaches to literature. It will also introduce students to authors and genres of which they might not otherwise have experience. Students will be expected to equip themselves with specified translations of some works which are cheaply available in paperback; other texts will be supplied as handouts.

CLAS 1206 INTERPRETING LATIN LITERATURE (0.5 unit)

PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO CLASSICS STUDENTS

Teacher: DrAntony Makrinos

Class hours: two one-hour classes per week.

Coursework requirements: reading of selected texts in translation; one assessed essay.

Meets: Mondays 1-2 & Wednesdays 10-11, Term 2.

Assessment: One essay of up to 2,000 words (40%), one three-hour examination paper (60%).

Pre-requisites: None; no knowledge of Latin required.

This course is compulsory for all first year Classics/Latin with Greek/Greek with Latin/Classics with Study Abroad students and therefore may be limited in space to students from other degree programmes.

A broad-sweep survey of Roman literature, covering the principal authors and genres and starting from the beginnings of early Latin literature, through the Republican period and into early Imperial Rome. All readings are in translation. This course aims to provide students with a chronological and thematic framework for further study of ancient Latin literature. Topics will include the Roman theatre, satire, Roman epic and challenges to epic, historiography; lyric and love poetry; declamation and oratory; and the birth of the novel.

Twice weekly classes take as a starting point selected readings from major authors; the format is mixed lecture and discussion. The course will provide basic information and a chronological and thematic framework and is intended as an introduction to Latin literature and theoretical approaches to literature. It will also introduce students to authors and genres of which they might not otherwise have experience. Students will be expected to equip themselves with specified translations of some works which are cheaply available in paperback; other texts will be supplied as handouts.


CLAS1207 BASc ANTIQUITY AND MODERNITY

PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO AWS, CLASSICS AND BASC STUDENTS

Teacher: Course leader Professor Gesine Manuwald + other members of teaching staff

Class Hours: 3 one-hour classes per week,

Meets: Mondays,Thursdays and Fridays 9-10am Term 2

Coursework requirements: preparation of primary and secondary texts in advance of classes

Assessment: one project (30%), one presentation (20%) and one two-hour examination paper (50%)

Pre-requisities: None

This course has been designed for students of the Departments of Greek and Latin and Arts and Sciences.  Places may be limited for students outside of these Departments.

Democracy. Imperialism. Politics. Citizenship. Justice. The most fundamental concepts and practices of the modern Western world derive from ancient Greece and Rome. Classical antiquity is an integral part of our modern world.

This course explores the many ways in which classical antiquity has helped shape the modern world, with a focus on political and social issues. It will examine some of the most fundamental problems facing the contemporary western world through the investigation of key questions that concern both ancient and modern societies.

Individual sessions will look at important texts and artefacts that have shaped the modern understanding of the concepts mentioned above, such as Plato’s discussions of the best sate, Cicero’s political speeches or Greek tragedy and show how the concepts expressed there have been taken up in the modern world, e.g. in the French Revolution, the US Constitution or parliamentary democracies more generally. These issues will be presented in lectures, supplemented by weekly seminars in small groups, in which students will have the chance to directly explore the material for themselves.

The module is thoroughly inter-disciplinary, taught by staff from different departments. It takes full advantage of UCL’s London location; it involves a variety of activities, such as independent projects and presentations, as well several study trips to local cultural and political institutions. These visits will show the wealth of classical material in London, illustrate the way in which it has been received since the early modern period and highlight exciting similarities and differences between ancient and modern forms of politics.

Details TBA

CLAS 1301 INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE (0.5 unit)

Teacher: Dr Stephen Colvin

Class hours: one one-hour class per week

Meets: Mondays 12-1, Terms 1 and 2

Coursework requirements: reading and weekly exercises

Assessment: one three-hour examination paper (100%)

Pre-requisite: none

The course is intended for first-year members of language departments and for anyone else interested in the two central themes of how languages work and how they change. Starting with a bird's-eye view of the history of language study from the ancient world to the present day, it goes on to consider such topics as: Sound and meaning in language: how they work.  The difference between language and dialect, and the notion of correctness in language. What is meant by saying that languages are related to each other? How and why do they change?

Course text: AITCHISON, J. (2010), Linguistics (Teach Yourself: London)

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LEVEL TWO

CLAS 2106 GREEK TRAGEDY (0.5 unit)

[likely to alternate with GREEK COMEDY in 2013/14]

Teacher: Dr Rosa Andújar

Class hours: one two-hour class per week

Meets: Thursdays 11-1, Term 2.

Coursework requirements: reading of selected texts in translation; one assessed essay.

Assessment: One essay of 2,500 words (40%), one three-hour examination written paper (60%).

Pre-requisites: None

The course will study a representative selection (in translation) of ancient Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, aiming to provide an overview of important issues through close reading in translation.  Themes may include: the origins of tragedy and its ritual context; the dramatic festivals of Athens; the staging and performance of tragedy; the representation of myth in tragedy; heroism and the gods; plot-construction and characterisation; the function of the chorus; and the portrayal of women.

C. Collard (trans), Aeschylus: Oresteia. Oxford World's Classics, OUP.

H. D. F. Kitto (trans), Sophocles: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra. Oxford World's Classics, OUP.

J. Morwood (trans), Euripides: Medea and other plays. Oxford World's Classics, OUP.


CLAS2109 ROMAN EPIC (0.5 unit)

Teacher: Dr Antony Makrinos

Class Hours: two one-hour classes per week

Meets: Tuesdays 9-10 and Wednesdays 1-2, Term 2.

Coursework: reading of selected texts in translation; two assessed essays.

Assessment: One essay of 2,500 words (40%), one three-hour examination written paper (60%).

This course looks at the development of Roman epic from the beginnings in the third century BC, when Rome's first poet wrote a Latin version of Homer's Odyssey, until the end of the classical period, when the last of the Flavian epic poets, Silius Italicus, wrote his epic about the Second Punic War in about AD 100. Excerpts from all major epics written in this period will be studied in English translation. This course thus introduces students to the entire development of a major literary genre in Rome, which will lead to a better understanding of Roman literary history in general and provide the basis for assessing the impact of this genre on the European literary tradition. The set texts will be provided as a pack of photocopies at the start of the course.

CLAS 2110 GREEK HISTORIOGRAPHY

Teacher: Dr Rosie Harman

Class hours: two one-hour classes per week.

Meets: Wednesdays 11-12 and Fridays 11-12, Term 1.

Assessment: One essay of up to 2,500 words (40%) plus one three-hour examination paper (60%)

Pre-requisites: none

Why do we tell stories about the past? Why do we care so much about our past? Just as today different versions of historical events are hotly contested and fought over, so too for the Ancient Greeks the way stories of the past were told could be of the greatest significance. This is an introductory course on the origins of historical narrative in Classical Greece. Although we moderns might think of history writing as a staid, academic genre, in the Classical period prose accounts of the past were a radical new invention; authoritative narratives about the past had previously been in verse form, most obviously Homer. The course will examine how the history of literature changed irrevocably in this period of huge intellectual development. Since history writing did not mean then what it means now, topics covered include: myth, geography, ethnography, fate, travel narrative, biography and the interrelation with other genres such as tragedy, philosophy and rhetoric.

CLAS 2111 GREEK AUTHORS: HOMER (0.5 unit)

Teacher: Dr Fiachra Mac Góráin

Class hours: one two-hour class per week.

Meets: Tuesdays 2-4, Term 1

Assessment: One essay of up to 2,500 words (40%), one three-hour examination paper (60%).

Pre-requisite: none.

This course involves the study of major literary genres of importance for the European literary tradition in translation. It is suitable for students of Classics as well as outside Classics, because it aims to help students to read widely and to engage with a broad range of literary-critical issues.

The course will focus on Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, but will also include reference to other archaic epic (e.g. Hesiod). Issues discussed will include the composition of oral poetry, structure, structure, plot and character, the role of the gods, issues of gender and social values, the reception of Homer in later ages.

Recommended translations are those in the Penguin or Oxford World's Classics series (by Hammond, or Rieu & Rieu & Jones, or Fitzgerald for the Iliad; by Rieu & Rieu, or Shewring, for the Odyssey).

CLAS 2112 ROMAN AUTHORS: ROMAN LOVE POETRY (0.5 unit)

Teacher: Dr Antony Makrinos

Class hours: one two-hour class per week

Meets: Thursdays 2-4, Term 1

Assessment: One essay of up to 2,500 words (40%), one three-hour examination paper (60%).

Pre-requisite: none

This course involves the study of major literary genres of importance for the European literary tradition in translation. It is suitable for students of Classics as well as outside Classics, because it aims to help students to read widely and to engage with a broad range of literary-critical issues.

Currently the course aims to provide students with an understanding of the genre of Roman love poetry (in translation). It aims to introduce the principal characteristics of the genre in its various stages of development, and to locate love poetry within the wider social and literary contexts of first-century Rome. We shall see how Roman love poets respond to the historical and political situation of their time, and engage with contemporary attitudes to morality, gender and sexuality. Discussion of broader thematic issues will alternate with case studies of the works of particular poets, including Catullus, Propertius, Tibullus and Ovid.  Attention will also be paid to the relationships between Latin love poetry and other literary genres, such as Roman comedy, especially epic.

Recommended texts are:

(1) Guy Lee (Trans) Catullus: The Complete Poems Oxford World’s Classics 1998 ISBN13 978-0-19-283587-1

(2) Guy Lee (Trans) Propertius. The Poems. Oxford World’s Classics 1999 ISBN13 987-0-19-283573-4

(3) A.D. Melville (trans.) Ovid. The Love Poems. Oxford World’s Classics 1998 ISBN 0-19-283633-1.[4] Elegies by Tibullus, trans. Guy Lee 1982 ISBN 090520509X or The Penguin Tibullus, trans. Philip Dunlop 1972 ISBN 0140442669.

A useful and lively introduction to the genre is R. O. A. M. Lyne, The Latin Love Poets (Oxford, 1980; repr. 1996).

CLAS 2115 CLASSICS AND LITERARY THEORY (0.5 unit)

Teacher: Dr Peter Agócs

Class hours: one two-hour class per week.

Meets: Mondays 11-1, Term 1

Coursework requirements: reading of selected texts in translation; one assessed essay.

Assessment: One essay of 2,500 words maximum (40%), one three-hour written examination paper (60%).

Pre-requisites: none.

The course is compulsory for the degrees in Classics, Classics with Study Abroad, Latin with Greek/Greek with Latin, but is also available to students taking Ancient World.

This survey course builds on the first year courses Interpreting Latin Literature and Interpreting Greek Literature and is designed to provide a general critical background to the author and theme-based literature courses taught both in the original language and in translation. The course will analyse ways in which a range of modern critical techniques (including reception theory, narratology, feminist criticism, structuralism, post-colonialism) can enhance our reading of Greek and Latin texts. Emphasis will be on the application of different approaches to specific texts across a range of Greek and Roman authors, periods and genres.

Preliminary reading:

Aristotle, Poetics; A. Bennett and N. Royle (1999) Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (Harlow, 1999A) T. Eagleton, Literary Theory (Minneapolis, 1983, reissued since).


CLAS 2116 ANCIENT GREEK RELIGION

Teacher: Dr Rosie Harman

Class hours: two one-hour classes per week.

Meets: Tuesdays 1-2 and Fridays 1-2, Term 2.

Assessment: One essay of 2,500 words (40%), one three-hour examination paper (60%).

Pre-requisites: none.

This is an introductory course on ancient Greek religion, a basic understanding of which is essential for the study both of Greek history and of Greek literature. A range of primary material will be examined, literary, inscriptional and archaeological, with texts read in translation. We will consider the place of religion in the Greek city and the various levels of overlap between religion and other areas of cultural and social life, especially the interaction between the religious and the political. Topic covered include: the concept of divinity, the nature of polytheism, ritual and cult regulation, sanctuaries and festivals, oracles, dreams and divination, rites of passage, magic and necromancy, and mystery cult. The course is taught through one lecture and one seminar per week.

CLAS 2201 ATHENIAN LAW 1 (0.5 unit)

Teacher: Professor Chris Carey

Class hours: one two-hour class per week,

Meets: Tuesday 9-11 Term 1

Coursework requirements: Reading of selected materials in translation, two assessed essays.

Assessment: Two essays of up to 2,500 words each.

Pre-requisites: None; no knowledge of Greek required.

This course offers a general introduction to the law and law courts in classical Athens. It examines the way the legal system operated and the political role it fulfilled under the democracy; it explores a number of literary texts (principally oratory but also comedy, historiography and philosophical works) both as sources of law and legal practice and as examples of ways in which the system is exploited in practice. Recommended reading: D M MacDowell, The Law in Classical Athens, Cornell University Press 1978.

CLAS 2202 ATHENIAN LAW 2 (1.0 unit)

Teacher: Professor Chris Carey

Class hours: one two-hour class per week,

Meets: Tuesday 9-11 Terms 1 and 2

Coursework requirements: Reading of selected materials in translation, two assessed essays.

Assessment: Two essays of up to 2,500 words each (one per term), one three hour examination.

Pre-requisites: None; no knowledge of Greek required.

This course, which is taught over two terms, offers an overview of the nature and function of the law and law courts in classical Athens. It examines the way the legal system operated and the political role it fulfilled under the democracy; it explores a number of literary texts (principally oratory but also comedy, historiography and philosophical works) both as sources of law and legal practice and as examples of ways in which the system is exploited in practice. It also looks in detail at what the law of Athens said on a wide range of issues, crimes of violence (homicide, wounding and assault), slander, sexual offences, marriage and the family, succession and adoption, slander, property, theft and damage, lending and borrowing, citizenship, religion and magic, political misdemeanours, military offences. Recommended advance reading: D M MacDowell, The Law in Classical Athens, Cornell University Press 1978.

CLAS 2205 THE DIALOGUES OF PLATO (0.5 unit)

Teachers: Dr Jenny Bryan

Class hours: two one-hour classes per week

Meets: Tuesdays 3-4 & Thursdays 12-1, Term 1

Assessment: Two essays of up to 2,500 words each.

Pre-requisites: No knowledge of Greek or Latin language is required for this course.

This course offers an introduction to Plato's philosophical dialogues, with a particular focus on the early and middle works, including the Republic. It considers both the philosophical and the literary aspects of the dialogues and the fundamental way in which these coincide. Covering a range of dialogues including the Euthyphro, Crito, Gorgias, Protagoras, Meno, Phaedo and Republic, the course touches on questions of ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and Socratic and Platonic philosophy generally.

Preliminary reading: Plato: Five Dialogues (trans. G. Grube, Hackett Publishing). J. Annas Plato: A Very Short Introduction (OUP) and A. Mason Plato (Acumen) provide decent brief introductions.


LEVEL THREE


CLAS3102 ROMAN DRAMA (0.5 unit)

Teacher: Professor Gesine Manuwald

Class hours: one two-hour class per week

Meets: Fridays 11-1, Term 2

Coursework requirements: reading of primary and secondary material; one assessed essay Assessment: one three-hour examination paper (60%) and one essay of c. 2,500 words (40%)

Pre-requisites: None

This course provides an introduction to Roman drama and theatre of both the Republican and imperial period. The course focuses on the study of two plays representing different dramatic genres and different periods: a comedy, Terence’s Eunuchus, is read in the first half of the term and a tragedy, Seneca’s Medea, in the second half (along with some supplementary reading of examples taken from other genres and playwrights, such as Plautus’ Curculio or Miles Gloriosus or the pseudo-Senecan history play Octavia). Besides, class discussions will cover examples of fragments of other dramatic genres, the practicalities of dramatic performances in ancient Rome, the social, historical and intellectual background of the dramas as well as the later reception of these plays.

Recommended translations: A.J. Brothers (ed. and trans.), Terence. The Eunuch. Edited with translation and commentary, Warminster 2000; P. Brown (trans.), Terence. The comedies. Translated with introduction and notes, Oxford 2006; H.M. Hine, (ed. and trans.), Seneca. Medea. With an introduction, translation and commentary, Warminster 2000; E. Wilson (trans.), Seneca. Six tragedies. Translated with an introduction and notes, Oxford 2010.

CLAS 3204 STOICS, EPICUREANS AND SCEPTICS (0.5 unit)

Teachers: Dr Jenny Bryan

Class hours: two one-hour classes per week

Meets: Tuesdays 1-2 & Fridays 12-1, Term 2

Assessment: Two essays of up to 2,500 words.

Pre-requisites: No knowledge of Greek or Latin language is required for this course.

This course offers an introduction to the philosophy of the three major Hellenistic schools: the Epicureans, Stoics and Sceptics. It will touch on issues of ethics, physics and epistemology and will involve engaging with writings of philosophers such as Epicurus, Chrysippus, Cicero, Lucretius and Seneca.

Preliminary reading: Hellenistic Philosophy: Introductory Readings, B. Inwood and L. Gerson (Hackett Publishing).


CLAS 3901 EXTENDED ESSAY (0.5 unit)

This half unit is available to all final year students and is compulsory for all final year Ancient World students. It remains optional for final year Classics students.

It allows students the opportunity to embark on independent research on a topic of their choice, but normally on a subject related to one or more of the courses being taken by the candidate in the final year. After submitting a provisional title, students will be given support and guidance from an individual supervisor with whom they will meet regularly for discussion, but anyone considering this option should feel free to discuss possible areas of research with the Departmental Tutor or any member of the Department at an early stage in the academic year.

The essay should normally be between 4,000 and 6,000 words long, including footnotes and excluding bibliography.

After a general meeting organised by the Departmental Tutor in late October, a preliminary title must be submitted in writing by Friday 23 November 2012 to the Departmental Tutor for approval, after which an appropriate supervisor will be assigned. Students should arrange to meet their supervisors at the end of the first term for an initial discussion, which will be followed by regular meetings in term two. Final titles need to be submitted to the Departmental Tutor by Friday 25 January 2013. The final deadline for the essay itself is Monday 22 April.

CLAS 3902 YEAR-ABROAD DISSERTATION (1.0 unit)

The Year Abroad Dissertation is an essential part of the Year Abroad Study Programme and is a dissertation of 8,000–10,000 words on a subject related to one or more of the courses taken in the first or the second years at UCL or during the Year Abroad.

It is an essay of 8,000–10,000 words on a subject related to one or more of the courses taken in the first or the second years at UCL or during the Year Abroad. By 14 January 2013 a chosen theme must be agreed with and submitted to the Study Abroad Tutor at UCL, who will assign a supervisor at UCL. By 28 February, the exact title must be submitted to the Study Abroad Tutor at UCL. The dissertation itself must be submitted to the Departmental Office by Friday 13th September 2013.

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