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Unit information: Greek Language Level D in 2016/17

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Unit name Greek Language Level D
Unit code CLAS30074
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Lampe
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

CLAS22405 or equivalent

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

In this unit we’ll be appreciating the extraordinary poetry of two contemporary authors, Pindar and Aeschylus. In particular, we will focus on their representations of the myth of Orestes and Clytemnestra in Pythian 11 and The Libation Bearers. This will give us an opportunity to consider the different ways in which Aeschylus and Pindar appropriate traditional myth in general, and specifically how they deal with the topics raised by this myth, including matriarchy and patriarchy, initiation and coming of age, justice and the rule of law, and violence and the sacred. In order to appreciate these themes, we will discuss many aspects of the reception of this mythical cycle.

Aims:

By the end of this unit, you should have:

  • acquired the ability to discuss with sophistication Pindar’s use of myth in terms of the compositional principles of his brilliant but enigmatic odes;
  • acquired the ability to discuss with sophistication Aeschylus’ use of myth in terms of the religious and performative contexts of Athenian tragedy;
  • acquired the ability to discuss with sophistication how Pindar and Aeschylus develop many themes associated with the Orestes-Clytemnestra myth;
  • learned to scan some tragic and lyric metres, and to use metrical analysis in the service of literary interpretation;
  • had the opportunity to develop your ability in prepared and sight translation of Greek passages;
  • had the opportunity to develop your ability in extemporaneous discussion, research, and formal writing.

Intended learning outcomes

1. developed skills in reading, translating and interpreting a Greek/Latin text and in evaluating translations of it;

2. close familiarity with current debates about the texts studied, and their historical and cultural significance;

3. skills in constructing coherent, relevant and sophisticated critical arguments, and in relating their readings of the texts to wider theoretical issues, as appropriate to level H;

4. developed and enhanced skills in oral and written communication by contributing to discussion in seminars, presenting short papers, and producing an essay and a written examination to a standard appropriate to level H.

Teaching details

3 hours of seminars per week.

Assessment Details

• 1 essay of 3,000 words 50%.

• 1 two hour exam (50%).

Both will assess ILOs 1-4.

Reading and References

Aeschylus, Choephori. Ed. A. F. Garvie. Clarendon, 1988. (Garvie will be most useful for appreciating Choephori as a literary and historical text, but if you need to economize, you may purchase the Bristol Classical Press edition of A. Bowen.)

Pindar, Pythian 11 (A text and commentary will be provided to you.)

Lloyd, Michael, ed. 2007. Aeschylus. Oxford.

Kurke, L. 1991. The Traffic in Praise: Pindar and the Poetics of Social Economy. Princeton.

Finley, J. 1966. Pindar and Aeschylus. Cambridge, Mass.

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