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The class meets weekly for two hours, combining both lecturing and seminar-style discussion. The lectures are designed to explore key topics, to highlight interpretative issues and difficulties, and present overviews of main controversies and points of interest in modern scholarship. Some primary texts/translations will be provided by the lecturer.

Students will be required to read the relevant texts before each lecture, and lectures will be based on the assumption that you have done so. You will also be expected to participate in discussion of relevant issues that arise during the lecture sessions.

Outline of Lectures (2016/17 as indicative; 2019/20 tba in detail)

TERM 1: ROME (Dr Victoria Rimell)

1. Introduction (The politics of literature: frames and strategies) / Rape and fratricide in the origins of Rome: Livy 1 (Word Document)  Handout 1(PDF Document)  Powerpt 1
2. The response to the principate 1: Virgil's Aeneid (Word Document)  Handout 2  (Powerpoint Presentation)  Powerpt 2
3. The response to the principate 2: Virgil's Aeneid  (Word Document)  Handout 3  (Powerpoint Presentation)  Powerpt 3
4. Transforming epic 1: Ovid's Metamorphoses (Word Document)  Handout 4  (Powerpoint Presentation)  Powerpt 4
5. Transforming epic 2: Ovid's Metamorphoses   (Word Document)  Handout 5  (Powerpoint Presentation)  Powerpt 5


7. The poetics of civil war 1: Lucan's Civil War (Word Document)  Handout 6  (Powerpoint Presentation)  Powerpt 6
8 .The poetics of civil war 2: Lucan's Civil War (Word Document)  Handout 7  (Powerpoint Presentation)  Powerpt 7
9. Mangled epic 1: Statius' Thebaid (Word Document)  Handout 8  (Powerpoint Presentation)  Powerpt 8
10. Mangled epic 2: Statius' Thebaid  (Word Document)  Handout 9  (Powerpoint Presentation)  Powerpt 9

TERM 2: GREECE (Dr David Fearn)

1. Politics in the Iliad 1: Arguments and Discord
2. Politics in the Iliad 2: Conflict Resolutions?
3. Pindar's Poetics of Tyranny
4. Athens and the Politics of Non-Dramatic Choral Song
5. Euripides, Suppliants versus Aristophanes, Knights: Dramatic Models for Athenian Political Leadership


7. Choral Poetry, and Politics: DISCUSSION SEMINAR
8. Herodotus' Histories and the Debate of Political Constitutions
9. Gorgias' kosmos: The Encomium of Helen
10. Fifth-Century Prose and Political Theory: Conclusions and Questions SEMINAR


1. Gobbets sessions
2. Gobbets/essays