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LATN3602: Virgil's Aeneid

Virgil's Aeneid is the central text of Roman civilization and arguably of Western culture. This unit will examine its stylistic, literary and narrative technique, and its historical and political context, 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 LATN3602
Academic unit Classics and Ancient History
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of Virgil’s Aeneid and critical approaches to it.
  • LO2. Demonstrate an appreciation of Virgil’s style and poetic diction, and how he uses language to construct meaning and assert imaginative power.
  • LO3. Demonstrate competence in critical terminology and theory used in the academic study of Latin literature.
  • LO4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which Latin literature reflects the cultural and political concerns of Roman society.
  • LO5. Construct and defend coherent and valid evidence-based arguments about Latin literature and its interpretation in written and oral form.
  • LO6. Demonstrate high-level skills in critical thinking and the analysis of complex works of Latin literature, and the ability to work independently and creatively.
  • LO7. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in collaborative contexts.

Unit outlines

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