Department of Greek & Latin

MA Reception Courses

  • CLASGL15 Dionysus in Rome

Dr Fiachra Mac Góráin (UCL)
*20 credits
Meets: Wednesday 11am - 1pm (Term 1)
This research-led MA course will focus on Dionysus, specifically on the Roman reception of a Greek god, in politics, literature, and religious history.  It will draw on a wide range of evidence: literary, historiographical, archaeological, and art-historical.  It will be of interest to students working on cultural relations between Greece and Rome, and on the relationship between myth, religion, and literature.  While a reading knowledge of the classical languages would be useful, it is not a prerequisite. This course can also be taken by students at UCL on other MA programmes as a 15 credit option.
Assessment: One essay of 5,000 words max.
UCL - Gordon House, Rm G09

  • CLASGR12 Approaches to the Reception of the Classical World

Professor Chris Carey/Team (UCL)
*40 credits
Meets: Thursdays 2 - 4pm (Terms 1 and 2)
Description: This course will be taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and research visits to relevant institutions, such as the British Museum and the Warburg Institute, 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. This course can also be taken by students at UCL on other MA programmes as a 30 credit option.
Assessment: Two coursework essays of 5,000 words max each.
: UCL - Gordon House, Rm G09

Clare Foster (Cambridge)
*40 credits
Meets: Wednesday 9 - 11am (Terms 1 and 2)
How does cinema reconstruct Roman history? What distinguishes cinematic histories of Rome from conventional scholarship? The option will introduce students to the relevant critical vocabulary of reception studies and film analysis, and engage with issues of sources, narrative, spectacle, contemporaneity, commodification, and spectatorship. Through study of a variety of Italian and American representations of ancient Rome, students will explore changes and developments in Rome's cinematic historiography from its beginnings to the Second World War. The module will then explore a variety of post-war Hollywood 'blockbusters' and the decline of the genre in the 1960s. It will conclude with examination of variations from and challenges to the classical Hollywood style of representing Rome, and with consideration of the disappearance of such reconstructions in the 1960s and their re-emergence in the 21st century. This course can also be taken by students at UCL on other MA programmes as a 30 credit option.
Assessment: Two coursework essays of 5,000 words max each.
UCL - Gordon House, Rm G09

Dr Lindsay Allen (KCL)
Meets: tbc
*40 credits
This MA module will provide an in-depth study of the influences shaping the multiple images and narrative traditions of Alexander the Great, as well as key phases of his reception and redefinition in later cultures. The popular history of Alexander in folklore, literature, art and film will be considered on an equal footing with the development of ancient and modern historiography. In addition, the course highlights his cultural significance in both the Western Christian and Eastern Arabic and Persian-speaking worlds and examines its implications. Discussion and coursework directions can follow ongoing themes, which bridge the weekly topics, such as Alexander and India, imperialist and kingship ideologies, ethnic and national appropriations and narratology.
Assessment: three essays of 4,000 words.
Place: KCL

Dr Charalambos Dendrinos and team
*40 credits
Meets: Wednesdays 1pm - 3pm
This course is designed to explore the Hellenic tradition as it developed over the centuries, from Homer and Classical Antiquity, through the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman world of Late Antiquity, the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine period to the modern world.  It examines Hellenic ideas and ideals as expressed in philosophy and literature, law and religion, art and architecture.  It discusses methodological aspects involved, in an attempt to understand Greek paideia, encouraging students to think about and analyse the way in which different generations have interpreted Greek culture, and how we ourselves are also part of that tradition. It thereby hopes to sharpen awareness of different levels of historical and literary interpretation about the Greeks and their relevance.
Assessment:  Assessed by two written assignments of 5,000 words each 
Place: RHUL (Egham campus)