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Epic & Epyllion - Assessment

NB: Essay questions and deadlines can be found on Moodle

You are required to produce two essays for the course, which will be assessed. Essays will jointly contribute 50% of assessment; the remaining 50% of your work will be assessed by the 2 hour examination in May/June 2020

Examination (50%)
  • Students reading set texts in Latin will be required to answer two questions from Section A of the paper and one question from Section B. Each Section A question requires you to translate and comment on one of two passages of Latin from the texts prescribed i.e. you have to translate and comment on two passages of Latin altogether (two thirds of the examination marks). From Section B you choose one essay title from the range available. All other students should answer three questions from Section B.
Essays (50%)
  • The assessed essays, which are to be submitted on Tabula, must be typed, have proper bibliographic references, and be clearly and accurately expressed (correct spelling, good grammar, and well-structured sentences). The number of words used, as close as possible to 2500 words (including footnotes, not including bibliography), should be given on the cover sheet.

Submission deadlines must be heeded: the University has regulated that essays will attract a penalty of 5% for each day they are late. If you foresee difficulties in meeting the deadline, it is imperative that you contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (see below). The deadlines for essay submission for this course are as follows:

  • Essay 1: Thursday 21 November 2019
  • Essay 2: Thursday 27 February 2020

Anonymity of marking is an adopted principle of the University for both assessed essays and examinations.

Please refer to the departmental handbook and the document ‘Advice on writing essays’ for further information about assessment criteria and marking. This is available online.

Extensions to Essay Deadlines

Applications for an extension to the essay-deadlines are only allowed in exceptional circumstances – well-documented medical reasons etc. Any such application for mitigating circumstances should be made to the Director of Undergraduate Studies well before the deadline.


Plagiarism, defined as ‘the attempt to pass off someone else’s work as one’s own’ is a variety of cheating or fraud. It is taken very seriously by the University and students who are caught can suffer penalties which are extremely detrimental to their career. Fortunately plagiarism has not been a problem in our Department and we fully anticipate that this situation will continue.
To avoid any confusion however you should take special care with two things:

  • Cite the sources you are using.
  • Use quotation marks for the quotations you are including.

If any of the above is unclear, contact the Module tutor. There is more information in the departmental handbook.