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The following courses are taught in English Translation

LEVEL ONE

SECOND & THIRD YEAR COURSES

THIRD & FINAL YEARS ONLY


LEVEL ONE


 CLAS1201 GREEK MYTH: ITS USE AND MEANING (0.5 unit)
Instructor Dr Peter Agócs
Class hours
One two-hour class per week (Term 2)
Availability
Course runs every year
Meets tbc
Assessment One piece of coursework of 2,000 words (40%), one three-hour examination paper (60%).
Prerequisites None
Text book
M. P. O. Morford and R. J. Lenardon, Classical Mythology (Oxford)
E. Csapo, Theories of Mythology (Wiley-Blackwell)
Formative Assessment
Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> 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.
Moodle
CLAS1201 (guest access available)

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 CLAS1202 ROMAN LIFE & THOUGHT (0.5 unit)
Instructor Dr Antony Makrinos
Class hours
One two-hour class per week (Term 1)
Availability
Course runs every year
Meets tbc
Assessment Continuous assessment (100%) based on two pieces of coursework of 2,000 words each
Prerequisites None
Text book

Formative Assessment Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> 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.
Moodle
CLAS1202

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 CLAS1204 APPROACHES TO THE ANCIENT WORLD (0.5 unit)
Instructor Dr Rosie Harman and staff
Class hours
One two-hour class per week (Term 1)
Availability
Course runs every year
Meets tbc
Note This course is intended only for first-year students on the Ancient World degree programme. Students on the Classics, Greek with Latin, Latin with Greek, Ancient History and CAAC degrees may be admitted subject to the permission of the Departmental and Ancient World Tutors.
Assessment Continuous assessment (100%) based on two pieces of coursework of 2,000 words each
Prerequisites None
Text book
 
Formative Assessment  
>>>>>> This course is a compulsory 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. Classes will discuss various methodological issues important to the study of these three disciplines, at introductory level. It is taught by different members of staff from the participating departments (Greek & Latin, History, Archaeology), who will each teach classes in their own field. The 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. 
Moodle
CLAS1204

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CLAS1205 INTERPRETING GREEK LITERATURE (0.5 unit)
Instructor Dr Rosa Andújar
Class hours
Two one-hour classes per week (Term 1)
Availability
Course runs every year
Meets tbc
Note
This course is compulsory for all first-year Classics/Latin with Greek/Greek with Latin/Classics with Study Abroad/Joint Degrees with Greek students. Ancient World students may be admitted subject to the permission of the Ancient World and Departmental Tutors.
Assessment One piece of coursework of 2,000 words (40%), one three-hour examination paper (60%).
Prerequisites None
Text book
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.
Formative Assessment
Reading of selected texts in translation for discussion in class.
>>>>>> 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. 
Moodle
CLAS1205

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 CLAS1206 INTERPRETING ROMAN LITERATURE (0.5 unit)
Instructor Dr Antony Makrinos
Class hours
Two one-hour classes per week (Term 2)
Availability
Course runs every year
Meets tbc
Note
This course is compulsory for all first-year Classics/Latin with Greek/Greek with Latin/Classics with Study Abroad/Joint Degrees with Latin students. Ancient World students may be admitted subject to the permission of the Ancient World and Departmental Tutors.
Assessment One piece of coursework of 2,000 words (40%), one three-hour examination paper (60%).
Prerequisites None
Text book
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.
Formative Assessment
Reading of selected texts in translation for discussion in class.
>>>>>> 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. 
Moodle
CLAS1206 (guest access available)

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 CLAS1207 POLITICS ANCIENT AND MODERN (0.5 unit)
Instructor Staff
Class hours
One two-hour class per week (Term 2)
Availability
Course is running 2013-14
Meets tbc
Note
Please note that there are only 20 places available. The module is inter-disciplinary, taught by staff from different departments.
Assessment One project (30%), one presentation (20%) and one two-hour examination paper (50%).
Prerequisites None
Text book
 
Formative Assessment Class presentations and discussion.
>>>>>> This course explores the many ways in which ancient Greece and Rome have had an impact on the modern world, with a focus on political and social issues, while it will also challenge the assumption that classical antiquity as such is the only or the most important basis of modern societies. Overall, the course will examine key issues facing the contemporary Western world through the investigation of central questions that concern both ancient and modern societies. Individual sessions will look at important texts and artefacts that have played a role in shaping the widespread modern understanding of the concepts mentioned, such as Plato’s discussions of the best state, Cicero’s political speeches or Greek tragedy, and show how concepts expressed in those texts and artefacts, have been taken up in the modern Western world, e.g. in the French Revolution, the US Constitution or parliamentary democracies more generally.
Moodle
CLAS1207

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 CLAS1301 INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE (0.5 unit)
Instructor Dr Stephen Colvin
Class hours
One one-hour class per week (Terms 1 - 2)
Availability
Course is running 2013-14
Meets
Monday 12 - 1
Assessment A three hour final exam in May (100%)
Prerequisites None
Text book
Jean Aitchison, Linguistics (Teach Yourself 2010)
Formative Assessment
Weekly problem sheets
>>>>>> 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?
Moodle
CLAS1301 (guest access)

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SECOND & THIRD YEAR COURSES


 CLAS7107 GREEK COMEDY (0.5 unit)
Instructor Dr Rosa Andújar
Class hours
One two-hour class per week (Term 2)
Availability Likely to alternate with GREEK TRAGEDY in 2014/15
Assessment One piece of coursework of 2,500 words (40%), one three-hour examination written paper (60%).
Prerequisites None
Text book
 
Formative Assessment Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> This course will provide students with an introduction to the major ancient genre of comedy and will enable them to understand Greek comedy both in its historical context and as a timeless example of the importance of comedy.  General and thematic topics may include: the origins of comedy and its ritual context; the dramatic festivals of Athens; the staging and performance of comedy (including evidence from archaeology and vase-painting); the development of the genre; the travesty of myth in comedy; the nature of humour; the role of abuse and obscenity; self-referentiality, parody, intertextuality and allusion; plot-construction and characterisation; audience-reception and dramatic illusion; the function of the chorus.
Moodle
CLAS7107

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 CLAS7110 GREEK HISTORIOGRAPHY (0.5 unit)
Instructor Staff
Class hours
Two one-hour classes per week (Term 1)
Availability Course is running 2013-14
Assessment One piece of coursework of 2,500 words (40%) plus one three-hour examination paper (60%)
Prerequisites None
Text book
 
Formative Assessment Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> 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.
Moodle
CLAS7110

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CLAS7112 ROMAN AUTHORS: ROMAN LOVE POETRY (0.5 unit)
Instructor Staff
Class hours
Two one-hour classes per week (Term 1)
Availability Course runs every year
Meets
tbc
Assessment One piece of coursework of 2,500 words (40%), one three-hour examination paper (60%).
Prerequisites None
Text book
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.
Formative Assessment Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> This 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.
Moodle
CLAS7112

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CLAS7113 WORLD OF LATIN LETTERS (0.5 unit)
Instructor Staff
Class hours
One two-hour class per week (Term 2)
Availability Course is running 2013-14
Meets
tbc
Assessment One piece of coursework of 2,500 words (40%), one three-hour examination written paper (60%).
Prerequisites None
Text book
An overview of the topic is provided by the introduction in: Michael Trapp, Greek and Latin Letters. An Anthology, with Translation (Cambridge 2003: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics). Some of the letters in this volume will form the set texts, supplemented by photocopies of additional material.
Formative Assessment Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> This course will offer a survey of the traditions and evolution of the epistolary genre, analysing samples from Cicero, Horace, Ovid, Seneca the Younger, Pliny the Younger, Fronto and elsewhere. For individual letters, issues such as characterisation, rhetorical strategy, imagery, humour, manipulation and emotional response (whether of the original addressee or the wider audience) will be considered.
Moodle
CLAS7113

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CLAS7115 CLASSICS AND LITERARY THEORY (0.5 unit)
Instructor Staff
Class hours
One two-hour class per week (Term 1)
Availability Course runs every year
Meets
tbc
Note
The course is compulsory for the degrees in Classics, Classics with Study Abroad, Latin with Greek/Greek with Latin/Joint Degrees, but is also available to students taking Ancient World.
Assessment One piece of coursework of 2,500 words (40%), one three-hour written examination paper (60%).
Prerequisites None
Text book
 
Formative Assessment
Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> 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.
Moodle
CLAS7115 (guest access available)

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 CLAS7116 ANCIENT GREEK RELIGION (0.5 unit)
Instructor Dr Rosie Harman
Class hours
Two one-hour classes per week (Term 2)
Availability Course is running 2013-14
Meets
tbc
Assessment One piece of coursework of 2,500 words (40%), one three-hour examination paper (60%).
Prerequisites None
Text book

Formative Assessment Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> 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.
Moodle
CLAS7116

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 CLAS7201 ATHENIAN LAW (0.5 unit)
Instructor Professor Chris Carey
Class hours
One two-hour class per week (Term 1)
Meets
tbc
Availability Course is running 2013-14 (unlikely to run 2014-15)
Note
This course may also be taken as a whole unit over 2 terms
Assessment Continuous assessment (100%) based on two pieces of coursework of 2,500 words each (50% each).
Prerequisites None
Text book
Recommended: D M MacDowell, The Law in Classical Athens, Cornell University Press 1978.
Formative Assessment Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> 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
Moodle
CLAS7202 (guest access available)

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 CLAS 7202 ATHENIAN LAW (1 unit)
Instructor Professor Chris Carey
Class hours
One two-hour class per week (Terms 1 - 2)
Meets
tbc
Availability Course is running 2013-14 (unlikely to run 2014-15)
Assessment Two pieces of coursework (40%) of 2,500 words each (one per term), one three-hour examination (60%).
Prerequisites None
Text book
Recommended: D M MacDowell, The Law in Classical Athens, Cornell University Press 1978.
Formative Assessment Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> This course 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.
Moodle
CLAS7202 (guest access available)

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 CLAS7105 EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY (0.5 unit)
Instructor Dr Jenny Bryan
Class hours
Two one-hour classes a week (Term 2)
Meets
tbc
Availability Course is running 2013-14 (likely to alternate with STOICS, EPICUREANS AND SCEPTICS in 2014/15)
Assessment Two pieces of coursework of 2500 words (50% each)
Prerequisites None
Text book
 
Formative Assessment Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> This course provides a detailed introduction to philosophy before Socrates and Plato, including the Ionians, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Anaxagoras, Empedocles and Democritus. We will consider their physical, metaphysical, theological, epistemological and ethical teachings. We will also consider the significance of the way those teachings were presented and of their transmission to us in fragmentary form.
Preliminary reading: J. Warren Presocratics (Acumen, 2007) and C. Osborne Presocratic Philosophy. A very short introduction (Oxford, 2004).
Moodle
CLAS7105

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 CLAS7439 ROMAN AUTHORS: SATIRE (0.5 unit)
Instructor Dr Fiachra Mac Góráin
Class hours
One two-hour class per week (Term 1)
Meets
tbc
Availability Course is running 2013-14
Assessment One piece of coursework of 2,500 words (40%) and one three-hour exam (60%).
Prerequisites None
Text book
 
Formative Assessment Reading of selected texts in translation for presentation and discussion in class.
>>>>>> This course will survey an important and entertaining Roman literary genre and some of its modern descendants.  We will examine the origins of Roman satire in the Greek comic and invective traditions, exploring what is distinctly Roman about satire and  whether we can delimit its generic boundaries from those of comedy, farce, burlesque, and parody.  We will survey Lucilius and Varro, and focus in greater detail on Horace, Seneca, Petronius, Juvenal, Persius, and from the modern era Dryden, Pope, Samuel Jonhson and Swift.  In reading selections from these authors we will address the satiric sensibility and the genre’s take on a wide variety of themes, including food and class, sex and obscenity, society and morality, censorship and authority, and the place of satire in the Roman literary imagination.
Moodle
CLAS7439

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THIRD & FINAL YEARS ONLY


CLAS3901 ESSAY ON APPROVED SUBJECT (0.5 unit)
Instructor Programme Director and academic supervisor
Class hours
N/A
Meets
Supervisory meetings
Note
After a general meeting organised by the Ancient Tutor in late October or early November, a preliminary title must be submitted in writing by Friday 22 November 2013 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 together with an abstract of 300 words and an initial bibliography need to be submitted to the Departmental Tutor by Friday 24 January 2014. The final deadline for the piece of coursework itself is Monday 28 April 2014.
Assessment 6,000 word dissertation (100%)
Prerequisites None
>>>>>> This half-unit is available to all final-year students and is compulsory for all final-year Ancient World students.  It gives 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 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.

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CLAS3902 YEAR ABROAD DISSERTATION (1 unit)
Instructor Programme Director and academic supervisor
Class hours
N/A
Meets
Supervisory meetings
Note
By 17 January 2014 a chosen theme must be agreed and submitted to the Study Abroad Tutor at UCL, who will assign a supervisor at UCL. By 28 February 2014, the exact title, an initial bibliography and an abstract of 300 words must be submitted to the Study Abroad Tutor at UCL. The deadline for the dissertation is the Monday, 1 September 2014.
Assessment 10,000 word dissertation (100%)
Prerequisites None
>>>>>> The Year-Abroad Dissertation is an essential part of the Year-Abroad Study Programme. Students are especially encouraged to choose a subject which relates closely to the courses which they are taking during the Year Abroad, but may also choose a subject related to one or more of the courses taken in the first or the second years at UCL.

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