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Syllabus

Set Texts for students studying in translation

1. Homer, Iliad.

2. Homer, Odyssey

3. Virgil, Aeneid

4. Maffeo Vegio, Aeneid XIII

5. Phillis Wheatley, Niobe in Distress

6. Derek Walcott, Omeros and Odyssey

7. Christopher Logue, War Music

Set Texts for students studying in Latin

1. Virgil, Aeneid 4, 9 and 12.

Students are advised to buy R. Williams' complete edition and commentary of the Aeneid available from Duckworth. Phillip Hardie has also produced an excellent edition of Aeneid 9 with Cambridge University Press,

2. Maffeo Vegio, Aeneid XIII

A brand new edition by Michael Putnam has just appeared, called Short Epics by Maffeo Vegio, and this includes his thirteenth book of the Aeneid, published by Harvard University Press, as part of their I Tatti Renaissance Library.

3. Homer, Iliad (in its entirely in English)

4. Either: Phillis Wheatley Niobe in Distress and Derek Walcott Omeros and Odyssey

Or: Christopher Logue, War Music

Set Texts for students studying in Greek

1. Homer's Iliad 3, 6, 9 and Homer's Odyssey 9-12.

W. Stanford's edition published by Duckworth is a handy, useful edition.

2. Virgil's Aeneid (in its entirety in English).

3. Either: Phillis Wheatley Niobe in Distress and Derek Walcott Omeros and Odyssey

Or: Christopher Logue, War Music

Set Texts for students studying in Latin and Greek

1. Either: Homer Iliad 3, 6 9.

Or: Homer Odyssey 10-12.

2. Virgil Aeneid 4 and Maffeo Vegio's Aeneid XIII

3. Either: Phillis Wheatley Niobe in Distress and Derek Walcott Omeros and Odyssey

Or: Christopher Logue, War Music.

Conspectus of Topics - Term 1 (2007)

Weeks 1-5: Homer's Iliad: Contests and Contexts of Meaning

Weeks 7-10: Homer's Odyssey: Stories, Myths and Monsters

Term 2 (2008)

Weeks 1-7: Virgil's Aeneid: Tradition, Transition and Translation - the Epic of Rome

Week 8: Maffeo Vegio and the Ends of Epic in Renaissance Europe

Week 9: Phillis Wheatley and the Epic of Slavery

Week 10: Derek Walcott: Omeros

Term 3 (2008)

Week 1: Derek Walcott: Odyssey

Week 2: Christopher Logue: War Music

Weeks 3-4: Revision