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MA Courses 2012/13

The London Intercollegiate MA


Courses below are available to UCL students (and all Intercollegiate students at KCL and RHUL): note that courses taken by UCL students at KCL or RHUL are subject to the academic regulations and procedures of those Colleges. If you take a course at a different College, that mark will be reported to UCL and will be incorporated into your degree; but the rules under which the mark is arrived at are those of the College which provides the course. 

Courses in the UCL MA in the Reception of the Classical World are also listed below: all of these courses are open to Intercollegiate MA students.

UCL students outside of the Department of Greek and Latin may take any UCL courses listed as a 30 credit options

Courses available in the UCL Departments of History and Archaeology:
Core Courses

Courses available at UCL Department of Greek and Latin



40 credits (available as a 30 credit option for non-Ancient history students)

Meets: Mondays and Thursdays 5-6.30

An introduction to the Latin language for complete beginners, designed to bring them to a point where they can read simple texts in Latin. The set texts: P.V. Jones and K.C. Sidwell Reading Latin (Cambridge University Press). The module comprises two volumes, one subtitled Text, the other Grammar, Vocabulary and Exercises. Assessment will be by two in-class one-hour tests in December and March (making up 25% of the grade) and one three-hour written examination (75%).


Dr Jenny Bryan 20 credits 

Meets Fridays 2-4

Description: This course offers students the opportunity to explore two aspects of the interaction between philosophy and literature in the Classical World. The first is what philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle have to say about the nature of literature. The second, not unrelated aspect is the way that the form and content of ancient philosophy can be seen to significantly related. Students will look at a range of texts from across the ancient canon, including the Presocratics, Plato’s dialogues, Seneca’s letters and Lucretius’ didactic verse.

Assessment: One essay of 4-5000 words.


Dr Jenny Bryan 20 credits 

Meets Fridays 2-4

Description: This course offers students the opportunity to read and discuss one substantial work of ancient philosophy with a focus on the way that its author combines formal and philosophical considerations to produce a work of philosophical literature/literary philosophy. Attention will also be given to the ways in which the work presents a reception of and reflection on its literary predecessors and rivals for authority. In the first year, this text will be Plato’s Phaedrus. Assessment: One essay of 4-5000 words.

  • CLASGR12 Approaches to Reception

Professors Miriam Leonard and Chris Carey 40 credits 

Meets Thurs 2-4

Description: This course will be taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and research visits to relevant institutions, such as the British Museum, Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, and the Petrie Museum. The core course is intended to provide training in research techniques and resources for postgraduate study in the reception of antiquity, and to introduce students to relevant ideas and methods involved in studying the reception of the classical world across a range of periods, societies, and media. It provides key illustrations of different responses to classical cultures in action, and demonstrates how later cultures have viewed and made use of the classical world from their own particular standpoint.

Assessment: Two coursework essays of 4,000 words each.

  • CLASGR13 Ancient Greek Theatre and its Reception

Term 1 (TBA) Professor Miriam Leonard (Term 2) Meets Tuesdays 11-1



Professor Chris Carey 20 credits

Meets: Mondays 11-1 (Term 1)

Description: This dedicated MA course will be devoted to Athenian comedy of the fifth and fourth centuries BCE in its theatrical and literary context. It will be based on close reading of two classic comedies in the original Greek. Set texts will be Aristophanes’ Frogs and Menander’s Arbitration. Topics considered will include genre boundaries and their exploration and manipulation, style, interpretation, textual transmission, dramaturgy, staging, metre, and social, political and religious context.

Assessment: One essay of 4-5,000 words.


Professor Miriam Leonard

20 credits

Meets: Mondays 11-1 (Term 2)

Description: This dedicated MA course will be devoted to Athenian tragedy of the fifth century BCE. It will be based on close reading of two tragedies in the original Greek. Set texts will be Aeschylus’ Agamemnon and Euripides’ Orestes. Topics considered will include, style, interpretation, textual transmission, dramaturgy, intertextuality, staging, metre, and social, political and religious context.

Assessment: One essay of 4-5,000 words.


Dr Nick Gonis 40 credits 

Meets: Tuesdays 2-4

Description: This module aims to introduce participants to the study of Greek papyri, documentary as well as literary, and to offer training in editing them. Each class will focus on a small number of texts, one or two of which will be studied in detail on a photograph. The texts are chosen to illustrate the development of Greek cursive scripts and bookhands; to examine formal aspects of the transmission of Greek literature on papyrus; and to give an idea of the range of documentary types available as sources for the history of Egypt from the age of the Ptolemies to late antiquity.  A good knowledge of Greek is essential. Assessment: Two written assignments.

  • CLASGG11 HERODOTUS Professor Chris Carey and Dr Rosie Harman

40 credits

Meets: Thursdays 11-1

Description: This dedicated MA module will explore one of the key texts of ancient Greek historiography and literature. It will be based on close reading (linguistic, literary, narratological, historical) of two of the nine books of Herodotus' Histories in Greek. The first term will be devoted to book 7 and will be led by Chris Carey; the second term will be devoted to book 8 and will be led by Rosie Harman.

Assessment: Two pieces of coursework, each of 4-5,000 words, equally weighted.


Dr Stephen Colvin

40 credits

Meets: Thurs 2-4 (Term1) 5-7 (Term 2)

An introduction to Mycenaean Greek, including a basic review of Greek historical phonology and morphology. This module introduces the language, script and history of the Linear B tablets from Bronze Age Greece: in order to do this effectively it also serves as a basic introduction to Greek historical phonology and morphology. By extension, this will include an introduction to Indo-European studies.  A selection of Linear B texts will be studied, with attention to social, historical and archaeological context: core topics will include the history of writing in the ancient Aegean and the graphic representation of Greek; the dialectal affiliations of Mycenaean and Homeric Greek; and the evidence of the tablets for the history of the Greek language. Students will need J.T. Hooker Linear B: an Introduction (Bristol 1980) Assessment will be by completed weekly assignments, and a project (essay) of 4000 words, and a detailed commentary on a text (each carrying one third of the marks).


Professor Gesine Manuwald (UCL) and Dr Victoria Moul (KCL)

40 credits

Meets: one two-hour class per week (term 1: Tue, 11-1 at KCL:

term: Fri, 9–11 at UCL TBC)

This course offers students the opportunity to explore some of the key authors and genres of the Latin poetry written in Europe during the Renaissance, from the beginnings of neo-classical poetry in 14th and 15th century Italy, to around 1700. In this period, a vast amount of original Latin poetry, much of it of high literary quality, was produced across Europe in a range of genres, including those familiar from classical Latin literature (epic, elegy, drama, epigram) as well as several genres not typical of classical Latin verse (such as Latin Pindaric odes, various kinds of drama, and Christian religious verse).

This understudied material offers many points of interest, especially for students interested in any of the following topics: the reception of classical Latin poetry in early modern literature; the links between Latin and vernacular literature in early modern Europe; the political possibilities of classical imitation; or the linguistic features of neo-classical Latin in the Renaissance. Due to the understudied nature of much of this material, a good deal of which remains unedited and untranslated, this topic is also an excellent opportunity for any graduate students who are interested in the challenges of editing and translating a text for themselves.

Students should have a decent level of Latin and preferably a solid knowledge of classical Latin literature.

Students will be expected to read about 200 lines of Latin per week, together with one article or book chapter.

Assessment: two pieces of coursework of 5,000 words max. each

  • CLASGL09 Ovid

Drs Fiachra Mac Góráin and Mairéad McAuley

40 credits

Meets Mon: 2-4

Description: This module will examine the poetry of Ovid, from his earliest works to the exile poetry. We will be looking not only at famous poems like the Metamorphoses and the Amores but also at lesser known but equally fascinating works like the Fasti and the Tristia. The poems will be placed in their social, historical and literary context. Topics that may be addressed include genre, narrative technique, style, allusion, humour, Ovid's attitude towards Augustus, and the subsequent influence and reception of Ovid's poetry. This course can also be taken by students at UCL on other MA programmes as a 30 credit option. Assessment: one essay and one commentary of 4,000 words each. Assessment: Two essays of 4,000 words each, and one detailed commentary on the original text (each piece of work worth one third of the marks).

  • CLASG010  Virgil

Dr Fiachra Mac Góráin

40 credits

Meets Weds 10-12

Description: This course will involve in-depth study of Virgil's three major works, the Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid.  Particular attention will be devoted to the poems' historical context and their relationship with contemporary political régimes.  We shall examine Virgil's creative engagement with his poetic and prose models in light of a range of theoretical perspectives. Specific topics will include form and content, gender and genre, ecphrasis and narrative technique, aetiology and national identity, characterization and the reception of Virgil.  Participants will be asked to read selections in Latin before each meeting, and also to read other passages in translation and from the scholarship. This course can also be taken by students at UCL on other MA programmes as a 30 credit option. Assessment: One essay and one commentary of 4,000 words each. Assessment: One essay and one commentary of c. 4000 words each


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