War and the nature of heroism were the central subject of the ancient world's most prestigious literary genre, epic poetry. This unit explores the changing ways in which the experience of war and the character of the epic hero are represented in the major epics, such as those by Homer, Virgil and Ovid.
|Unit name||War and the Hero: Classical Epic|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Discipline||History and Classics|
|Coordinator||Doctor Jonathan Wallis|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
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- Demonstrate awareness of a range of historical, literary, and cultural materials for the study of ancient epic traditions.
- Utilise primary and secondary sources of evidence for the study of the ‘classical’ epics of different cultures.
- Explain the historical and cultural contexts of ancient Greek and Roman epic in a global context.
- Apply appropriate methodologies for the analysis of Greek and Latin epic, especially in relation to those of other cultures and their later reception.
- Express analysis of ancient Greek and Latin epic effectively in writing.
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Prerequisites25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
|Assessment||Take-home exam (40%)|Weekly reading reflections (10%)|Primary text analyses (x2) (15%)|Major essay (35%)|
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