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LATN3601: Ovid's Metamorphoses

Ovid's Metamorphoses is the most sophisticated and playful poem from antiquity. This unit will examine its stylistic, literary and narrative technique through the reading of either an entire book or selected passages from the whole epic. It is particularly suitable for students who are in their second or third year of Latin, but will be of interest, profit and enjoyment to anyone interested in Latin poetry.

Code LATN3601
Academic unit Classics and Ancient History
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Increased knowledge of the Latin language, its structure, vocabulary, and modes of expression.
  • LO2. Increased knowledge of the history and influence of the literature of Rome, including an understanding of genre and of interpretative work ranging from traditional criticism to contemporary approaches
  • LO3. Increased knowledge of the culture, religion, ideas and history of the Romans leading to a critical understanding of one of the bases of Western culture.
  • LO4. Sharpened analytical skills in investigating the ways texts use language to construct meaning and assert imaginative power, communication skills fostered by the writing of critical analyses and by discussion in class where one must clearly express and account for one’s own view and objectively judge the views of others
  • LO5. Practice at skills in working as part of a team, sharing information and exchanging approaches in ways which promote realistic self-evaluation, critical judgement, tolerance and skills in creative listening
  • LO6. Practice at skills in ordering and inter-relating a large body of facts and differing opinions within a limited space
  • LO7. An increased understanding of cultural difference
  • LO8. Practice at skills in time-management, in prioritising and in working to definite goals and dead-lines
  • LO9. Practice at skills in the use of IT for the accessing of information and generating one’s own material

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.