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nb: each week, everyone will attend a two-hour session consisting of 1 hour of more formal lecture, and 1 hour of seminar-style, question-led group work and discussion. In addition, Q800 students will have an additional hour-long class in which we will look in detail at the prescribed Latin texts (these students should do as much preparation of translation as possible on their own, as we will not be able to translate every line together: the point of these sessions is to trouble-shoot and talk through difficult/interesting points of grammar and interpretation. See schedule of Latin text in the text reading page).

* Note that thanks to the generous funding of the IATL and the HRC there are a number of Public Lectures delivered by international speakers, attendance to which is mandatory.

Autumn Term 2018

Week 1 - 4th October (9-11 in H0.58)

Lecture 1: Why Africa? Introduction

Lecture 2: Looking for the Ethiopians (selections of Homer and Herodotus)

Week 2 - 11th October (9-11 in H0.58)

Lecture 3: Hellenized Egyptian Tales (selections of Herodotus Histories 2, Odyssey 4, Euripides Helen)

Seminar Class on lectures 1-2

Week 3 - 18th October (9-11 in H0.58)

Lecture 4: The ‘other’ in Greek Tragedy: Aeschylus’ Suppliant Women

Seminar Class 2 on lecture 3

*Week 4 - 25th October (10-11 in H0.58 + 5-6pm in OC 1.06)

Seminar Class on Aeschylus' Suppliant Women with Dr Sarah Derbew (Harvard)

*Lecture 5 [Public Lecture, 5pm in OC 1.06] Dr Sarah Derbew (Harvard) "The Metatheater of Blackness: Danaids, Dunbar and Ellison"

Week 5 - 1st November (9-11 in H0.58)

Lecture 6: Libya and the birth of Latin literature (Plautus’ Poenulus)

Seminar Class on the colonisation of Cyrene (Pindar and Herodotus) with Dr Theodora Hadjimichael

Week 6 - Reading Week

Week 7 - 15th November (9-11 in H0.58)

Lecture 7: Africa and the late Republic - Sallust’s Jugurtha and Livy’s Hannibal (Sallust’s Jugurthine War, selections of Livy History of Rome, esp. books 21 and 30)

Seminar Class on Plautus’ Poenulus

Week 8 - 22nd November (9-11 in H0.58)

Lecture 8: Carthage in Augustan literature (Virgil Aeneid 1 and 4, Horace Epodes 7, 9 and 16; Odes 1.37, 2.1, 3.3, 4.4)

Seminar Class on Sallust’s Jugurtha and Livy’s Hannibal

Week 9 - 29th November (9-11 in H0.58)

Lecture 9: Imperial Visions of Africa (selections of Lucan Civil War 4, 9, 10; Silius Italicus Punica)

Seminar Class on Africa in Augustan Literature

Week 10 - 6th December (9-11 in H0.58)

Lecture 10: End of Term Recap

Seminar Class on Imperial Visions of Africa

Spring Term 2019


Week 1 - 10th January

Lecture 1: Introduction to Term 2: Postcolonial Theory, Classica Africana

Lecture 2: Seeing Double: Hellenistic Literature (Callimachus Hymn to Apollo, Hymn to Zeus, Coma Berenices (fr. 110 Pf), Theocritus Idyll 15)

Week 2 - 17th January

Lecture 3: Apollonius Argonautica (selections of books 3 and 4)

Seminar Class on Callimachus Coma Berenices and Catullus Carmen 66

Week 3 - 24th January
Lecture 4: Apuleius and Africa (Apuleius Metamorphoses selections, esp. 1 and 11; Apologia)

Seminar Class on Apollonius Argonautica 3-4 and Pindar Pythian 4

Week 4 - 31st January
Lecture 5: the African Fathers of the Church: Augustine and Tertullian

Seminar Class on Apuleius

Week 5 - 7th February

Lecture 6: Black Athena and African Athena

Seminar Class on Augustine

Week 6 Reading Week

Week 7 - 21st February

Lecture 7 Derek Walcott Omeros with Dr Matthew Rumbold

Seminar Class

**Week 8 - FRIDAY 1st March in OC 0.01
[Friday 4pm-5pm] Seminar Class on W. E. B. Du Bois (with Dr Mathias Hanses) and his De Senectute

*Lecture 8 [Public Lecture, 5pm]: Dr Mathias Hanses (Penn State)

"Black Cicero: (Re-)Reading the Classics with W. E. B. Du Bois"

Week 9 - 7th March

10-11 Seminar Class on Toni Morrison (with Dr Tessa Roynon)

*Lecture 9 [Public Lecture]: Dr Tessa Roynon (Oxford): 'Black Classicism: some theory, some practice and some dilemmas' from 12-1

**Week 10 **FRIDAY** 15th March 4-6pm, OC 1.08 + OC 0.01

* Seminar Class with Prof Patrice Rankine in OC 1.08

*Lecture 10 [Public Lecture, Friday 15th March 5pm in OC 0.01]: Prof Patrice Rankine (University of Richmond) "Classical Texts and Contemporary Images: American African Problems"

Summer Term 2019

Week 1 - 25th April

Revision Session

Week 2 - 2nd May

[Optional Lecture] on Wednesday 1st May 5pm-6pm: Dr Dan-El Padilla Peralta (Princeton) “The Etruscan Negro: from coin to memory to racial politics”

*Lecture [Public] Thursday 2nd May 6pm-7pm Michael Okyere Asante (Stellenbosch University) "Facing Reality: The Future of "African Classics" from a Ghanaian Perspective"

[attendance optional] Friday 3rd May 9am-6pm Racing the Classics, with Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston (Brown) and Dr Dan-El Padilla Peralta (Princeton)

Week 3 - 9th May

*Lecture 12 [Public Lecture] Thursday 9th May 5pm-6pm Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston (Brown): “Speaking (of) Greek: Reflections on Value in Post-9/11 Receptions of Epic"