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NB Any students taking the module with Greek and/or Latin language should look on the Greek and/or Latin language syllabus/coursework page for prescribed coursework and make sure they understand what is expected of them.

If you need further guidance or assistance finding bibliography, please consult the lecturer.


ESSAY TITLES, WITH SUGGESTED SECONDARY READING:


Assessed Essay 1: to be handed in by 12 noon, Wednesday 7th December 2016

Write an essay of approximately 2500 words on ONE of the following topics:


1. The politics of a literary text is as much about form as it is about content. To what extent is this true of Virgil's Aeneid?

For bibliography see the bibliography tab and scroll down to Virgil's Aeneid. Further bibliography is available on request: make sure you know how to use the library databases (Année Philologique, JSTOR, Oxford Bibliographies) so that you can also look up additional bibliography independently.

2. 'Ovid Metamorphoses 3 is a distorted reflection of the Aeneid and its exemplars of governance.' Discuss.

For bibliography see the bibliography tab, and scroll down to Ovid, Metamorphoses 3. Further bibliography is available on request: make sure you know how to use the library databases (Année Philologique, JSTOR, Oxford Bibliographies) so that you can also look up additional bibliography independently.

3. Is Lucan's Civil War nihilistic?

For bibliography see the bibliography tab, and scroll down to Lucan's Bellum Civile. Further bibliography is available on request: make sure you know how to use the library databases (Année Philologique, JSTOR, Oxford Bibliographies) so that you can also look up additional bibliography independently.


4. How, specifically, does Statius exploit the potential correlation between Greek myth and Roman reality in the Thebaid?

For bibliography see the bibliography tab, and scroll down to Statius' Thebaid. Further bibliography is available on request: make sure you know how to use the library databases (Année Philologique, JSTOR, Oxford Bibliographies) so that you can also look up additional bibliography independently.




Assessed Essay 2: to be handed in by 12 noon, Monday 13th March 2017
Write an essay of approximately 2500 words on ONE of the following topics:



1. Why is the Iliad concerned with the question of who is 'best of the Achaeans'?

Focus on the debates of Iliad books 1 & 9, and gain a general overview of some of the major issues from the bibliography in the bibliography tab, especially through engagement with items by Barker, Haubold, Martin, Nagy, Rose, and Taplin. 


2. Assess the relation between lyric form and politics in Pindar and Bacchylides.


For bibliography see the bibliography tab, scrolling down to the section on lyric, but also being sure to familiarize yourselves with some of the theoretical approaches set out in the general introduction to term 2 bibliography.


3. Is the political impact of Greek comic characters more direct than that of their tragic counterparts?

Paying particular attention to Knights and Suppliant Women, use the bibliography tab to for specific and more theoretical bibliography. On tragedy and comedy in general, see Goldhill, Reading Greek Tragedy, and Robson, Aristophanes: An Introduction. For different literary and ideological approaches to Aristophanes, see in particular the items by Silk and Ruffell.


4. What difference, if any, does fifth-century prose make to the politics and poetics of Greek literature?

For this essay you will need to read widely across the bibliography, while paying particular attention to latest thinking on Gorgias and Herodotus.

5. Are the issues raised in interpreting the politics of Homeric epic significantly different from those we confront when dealing with imperial Roman epic?


For any of the Greek literature questions, further bibliographical guidance is available on request from David.